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Aleph [openFrameworks, Processing]


Aleph is the graduation project of Tiemen Rapati. A combination of imagery driven by generative processes in perspective to create representations of memory and mental association.

“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realised that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded.” 
— Jorge Luis Borges – “El Aleph” (1945)

In ALEPH Tiemen tried to capture the past four years of this study through the collection of photographs he took during this period. Working with photographs and using perspective as method of representation, images are mapped onto the surfaces within a spherical overlay.

In much the same way as I construct mental images in my head, this installation synthesises images from a given association. These images are presented as mini-Alephs, or sub-Alephs of the greater Aleph of my memory. And that in turn can be browsed by the public based on perspective or association. The project was inspired by the (im-)possibilities in representations of the memory, as it is by the (un-)attainable ambition of visual art to represent reality in a reduced number of dimensions.

Made in OpenFrameworks & Processing (Perspective & associations saving).

Project Page

See also Selective Memory Theatre [openFrameworks]