The Memory Matrix is a living monument that explores the possibilities for future heritage creation, employing new fabrication techniques and transcultural collaborative workshops. The Matrix takes form of a giant screen made of border fences carrying over 20,000 small fluorescent Plexiglas elements. These elements are laser cut in the middle with holes in the shape of vanished heritage from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and beyond. Arranged into a larger matrix, these pixels collectively reveal an image of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph. This collaborative making process is a seed for a longer-term mission of the project - to benefit the education of Syrian refugees. As a research project, the project explores how communities threatened by war can document their material and immaterial heritage as indestructible evidence. Variations of the installation have been exhibited at the MIT Media Lab, Qalandiya International Biennale, London Biennale-Manila Pollination and Amman Design Week.
The individual pixels are made up of green fluorescent plexiglass and show monuments or objects of cultural significance that have been lost because of war and conflicts. The pixels all have engraved in them a Bitcoin code, so that viewers can go online and learn more about the story behind each picture. The cutout image from the pixel was used for jewelry workshops. The image on the right was featured in Arch Daily's article "MIT Celebrates Centennial of Cambridge Campus with Two Architecture Installations."
The image of the Arch of Palmyra was divided into twelve panels of chainlink fence that allowed people to walk through the installation. The anamorphic projection could be appreciated perfectly and as a whole from a specific point across the street. The pixels were arranged in different densities, depending on their panel's position to the other ones.