The artwork Future Memories of Deep Water is a fascinating point of reflection that is part of a fundamental development in the field of underwater archaeology. The world of submerged artefacts is a mysterious and fascinating territory in which the past is intertwined with the present in complex and unexpected ways.
Indiara pushes the inquiry one step further, exploring the potential of algorithms in predicting new interactions between these ancient items and the constantly changing environment in which they are found. This draws attention to the need to embrace technology as an ally in preserving our heritage, highlighting how collaboration between science and art can lead to surprising results.
Through this unique perspective, the artist prompts us to reflect on the current problems plaguing marine environments, focusing on “plastic rust” and plastic pollution, which is becoming increasingly prevalent. This underlines how urgent it is to preserve these ecosystems, which are threatened not only by natural growth, but also by man’s destructive actions and environmental pollution. The ultimate goal is to raise awareness and promote the preservation of our cultural heritage, which includes the submerged secrets of our past.
Moreover, Future Memories of Deep Water fits organically within the Italian context. The Bel Paese boasts a rich tradition of cultural heritage and an invaluable archaeological legacy, and the marine environment has played a crucial role in its history and identity. However, Italy’s coasts are also victims of pollution, an urgent problem that affects this nation’s natural beauty.
Indiara Di Benedetto (Naples, *1994) is an experimental media artist with a background in video art, digital photography and visual design. She completed a BA degree in NTA at Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara in 2017 and a MA degree in Interface Cultures at Kunstuniversität Linz (AT) in June 2023. Her artworks have been exhibited in several venues like Ars Electronica Festival, ISEA2022 – 27th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ES), lab.30 (DE), Castello d’Albertis – Museo delle Culture del Mondo (IT), CYENS Centre of Excellence Cyprus (GR), 1MSM – 1 Metro Sotto la Metrom (IT) among others.