The open reels, cassettes, photographs, vinyl and film, their corked up promise of hidden gems and forgotten dreams, a collective memory waiting to guide and inspire new tides.

If we only could infuse the digital seas with our local cultural debris, we would cast our nets and with the precious catch assemble new worlds rooted in what once made us who we are.

Virtual shadow boxes of washed up debris, inspired by the first armchair voyager Joseph Cornell and William Gibson’s fragmented artist A.I.from the orbiting ‘Villa Straylight’.

The Magnificent Memory Machine, a device and a movement to collect, convert and make available fading memories that will provide a fertile collective context for present and future cyberspace navigators and storytellers.

“My songs are of time and distance…. They send me new things but I prefer old things…” COUNT ZERO William Gibson

Magna Żmien, a movement for the digitisation of sound and image home collections. For submission of your collections visit our website or contact us here [email protected] or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @magnażmien.

Magna Żmien – The Magnificent Memories Machine is a Valletta 2018 project as part of the Cultural Programme.
A series of meetings to present the aims of the Magna Żmien project will be held in the following dates:
15th March 2018, 6.30pm – Birgu Local Council
9th April 2018, 5.30pm – Ministry of Gozo
Magna Żmien’s first event will be held on the 16th June 2018 at Misraħ iż-Żjara Papa Ġwanni Pawlu II, Mellieħa. In collaboration with Solar Cinema and the Mellieħa Local Council.