Random Access Memory is a fully functional digital memory.
Instead of electronics, it uses grains of sand. They are (re)placed on a rotating disc by a pick and place mechanism combined with a microscope camera.
This memory experiences errors from misreadings, bouncing grains and other imponderabilities.
The machine performs aTurmite algorithmon this memory.
Its only goal it is to write as many "ones" (grains) as possible, following a strict rule. A complex and repetitive pattern emerges on the disc.
R A M investigates the contrast of a “pure” mathematical process (algorithm) and its “impure” material implementation into the world.
R A M reflects on the interaction betweenidea and matterand their equivalent in contemporary computers.
Computing with sand—Geomancy—or ilm al-raml (science of the sand) is an ancient Arabic divination technique based on sand grains, or other geological material, that were cast on a plane surface.