IS: What are decoded photographs exactly and how do you decide
which parts to deconstruct, so to speak?
SS: Decoded-encoded photographs are cityscapes investigating memory loss
and retrieval. These urban manuscripts form ghostly texts as overwritten, erased,
and retrieved images that collapse time—eradicating, transforming, and rebuilding
space. The geometry of missing particles unveils a grid of architectural rhythms
that belong to large modern cities. Removing photographic information with a
mechanical precision creates a new landscape, constructed from lost evidence
within an existing landscape. The process of removal and recall of pixels from the
original photograph is made digitally, randomly, or in order, either following the
composed memory methodically or my own memory path while removing the
pixels. Instead of working with an algorithm, I create manual removal systems.
IS: Can you tell us a little bit about your latest project, Imprints?
SS: Imprints is a permanent, 65-foot art installation of custom laminated
annealed glass composites and photographic film interlayers placed in the
reception area of the Cozen O’Connor law firm’s international headquarters,
designed by Gensler, in the heart of Philadelphia’s Central Business District.
The level of transparency of the Galaxy Glass & Stone panels was carefully
selected to create visibility for the movement behind the glass, signifying an infinite
river-like flow and momentum, reflecting the two rivers bordering the city on both
sides. Imprints magnifies the space while capturing the energy of the city. I took
17 photographs from the 57th floor of the building that channeled views of the
cityscapes and placed them in a centrifugal rotation of 360 degrees to create the
images. Imprints heightens awareness and links viewers and visitors from within
the space outwards, to the surrounding landscapes. This awareness maintains a
balance between reality and metaphor, between the present and its memory, and
creates a meditative ambiance reflecting an aura of the city from above.
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ABOVE The Encode/Decode table was
built off of an Engram drawing, which
is a system Sadé has of examining
her own memory of a scene she’s
photographed, and “drawing out” the
parts she’s forgotten.
LEFT TO RIGHT The table is made from
Galaxy Glass & Stone, stainless steel,
and the photograph. The total glass
weight was a half-ton.