Memory Machines

Samir Bhowmik, 00100 ENSEMBLE, Jussi Parikka (Curator), Shannon Mattern (Curator)

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formPerformanceArt in coproductionpeer-review


Memory Machines is a performative art project that explores the infrastructure of the Oodi Library. The work combines dance, theatre and circus with a guided tour that moves through the concealed infrastructural sites and operations of the building. This unique journey traverses places of climate control to power management, from checkout terminals to data centers, from automation to distribution and storage. As a visual performance, the work aims to interrogate the ecology of machines and the situated interactions between humans and technology. How do the flows of data, heat, matter and energy sustain cultural memory? What intelligences and futures can we uncover in the machines and bodies that labor within the monument of the library?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherHelsinki City Library
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventThe Library's Other Intelligences - Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 11 Jan 201910 Mar 2019


  • library
  • performance
  • media
  • energy
  • infrastructure

Field of art

  • Performance
  • Contemporary art


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