RAM_1.0 is a project that originates from the collaboration between myself and Artificial Intelligence. It’s a fictional narrative of my life, based on my personal visual archive, yet constructed and mediated by AI. The project explores the concept of memories and the importance of the construction of an archive within the digital realm. Focused on the interaction between images and text, I let AI analyse my memories to then reinterpret its captions and create new staged images. New fabricated memories take form as 5 different books and 5 slideshows presented on a modular installation. Floating between human and non-human, the dialogue between me and the machine originates and lets you get immersed in a new dataset of my memories through the gaze of technology.
Models: Ange-Frédéric Koffi, Carlos Castanheira, Clara Bastai, Giulia Burrus, Iacopo Spini, Inés Maestre, Johanna Bommer, Joanna Wierzbicka, Lorenzo Benzoni, Lou-Anna, Luca Frati, Ulysse Lozano, Maeva Bosko, Olivia Wunsche, Oscar Kwong, Marjolaine Rey, Pierre Teissier, Leo Kooda, Valentina Parati
Furniture: Hsin Hung Chou, Ange-Frédéric Koffi, Estelle Rage, Manuel Steffan, Maxwell Ashford, Silvio Rebholz
A big thank you to my parents – Clara Bastai and Carlos Castanheira, António Manuel Marques, Alessandro Simone, Alexandra Valente, Alexis Colin, Alexander Schul, Borja Suqué, Florian Amoser, Inés Maestre, Joanna Wierzbicka, Julian Ribler, Julie Magenta, Lara Giorla, Mafalfa Araújo, Maxime Guyon, Milo Keller, Olivia Wunsche, Paulo Carreira, Rosária Gandra, Simona Alina Andone, Tiago Faria
RAM_2.0 was exhibited from 14 December 2021 to 30 January 2022, part of L’Appartement – Espace Images Vevey. As the first winner of the Images Vevey x ECAL Prize, I showcased a new version of my Master’s degree project in Photography, completed in 2021 – RAM_1.0
RAM_2.0 is the result of the collaboration with an artificial intelligence. By submitting the hundreds of photographs contained in my smartphone to an algorithm, the latter analyses the images and describes what it perceives in them. I then photograph new settings based on the captions generated. A dialogue between myself and the machine is established to explore the notion of memory through the eyes of technology. I have specifically adapted the project for the rooms of L’Appartement – Espace Images Vevey.
Supervised: Milo Keller and Stefano Stoll
Production: Tamara Jenny and Raphaël Biollay
Graphic Design: Basil Fournier
Set Design: Inés Maestre
Sound: Valentina Parati
Installation: Carlos Castanheira / Dad
Wall gradient: Eliot Moewes
Reproduction pictures: Santiago Martinez