(Speech held by Sandborg/Mydland at the official inauguration.)
The random factor of dynamic memory allocation refers to a
mathematical problem in the construction of artificial
intelligence. Simply put, it is the ability to randomly forget in
order to make available room to process something new. Computers
have a limited amount of memory
Machines and computers are not very dynamic, in the sense that they are not very flexible. Once you have understood and mastered a machine they are very predictable and they are not very random. The world would be different if machines were so flexible that they become random. Imagine getting up in the morning and discovering that your toaster had forgotten how to make toast. Machines and computers don't forget they delete, they erase information / knowledge.
Humans forget. We are very good at forgetting. Randomly forgetting might be one of our most redeeming abilities. We forget all sorts of things, where the keys are, birthdays, the importance of a place … There are plenty of times when forgetting is necessary; when you get a new phone number, you need to forget your old one. Or where you parked your car this morning-important information today, but you need to replace it with new information tomorrow when you park your car in a new space.
An essential part of our ability to forget is the ability to remember. Remembering is the ability to bring into consciousness something or place that is forgotten. We need to be able to update our memory so we can remember and think about the things that are currently relevant.
As humans our interest and attentions are governed by relevance. We bring memories in and out of our consciousness according to need, sometimes that flexibility breaks down and we need external help to trigger off the proses of refurbishing our memories.
With is as a backdrop the project challenged the abandonment of The Ronald Copeland Art Gallery. By intervening in the process of decay, that inevitability would bring the room into the state of being forgotten, we wish to remind ourselves of the uniqueness of that space.
Through a refurbishment of the room to an idealistic "0-point", where the cracked and leaking sky light, the mould infected wooden walls and the water stained, damaged floor are cleaned and brought back to a possible new start, the projects intenstion is to revitalize and thereby enabling the room to be remembered.