fading memories

A web project by Ruben Aubrecht

Fading Memories is a self-destructive image archive that’s content refers to historical incidents and social changes that have fallen into oblivion by the general public.

With every visit on the website exactly one pixel of the current image gets deleted. The image vanishes and dissolves through the collective consciousness of its observers. In times of the overwhelming production of images and the circumstances in which information becomes a permanently available resource which is shared, relinked and spread constantly over the network, this website creates void, white areas without content or information. Single moments of social achievements, political claims or forgotten memories are recollected for a short period of time before they dissolve into thin air and disperse again into oblivion.


"Christine de Pisan (circa 1364–1430), arguably the first woman in Europe to earn a living as an author, she is widely regarded as an early feminist who spoke out for the rights of women and espoused female achievement. (…) Le Livre de la Cité des dames (The book of the city of ladies) is perhaps the best expression of Christine’s lucid and humanist feminism." ---> www.wdl.org

"The work is a significant feminist argument against the misogynist male writing of the day." ---> www.britannica.com

The image was photographed by an unknown illustrator and is published in the Public Domain.

Currently are 67.778 of 90.000 pixels deleted.
Image no.: 19

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