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Nayab Ikram ~ Babe, call me back ~ 3-6.1.2019

Nayab Ikram ~ Babe, call me back ~ 3.-6.1.2019

Welcome to the vernissage on Thursday 3rd January at 5 - 8 pm. The exhibition is open until Sunday 6th January 2019.

Opening hours

Friday ~ 12:00 - 18:00

Saturday - Sunday ~ 12:00 - 17:00

Open at other times upon request.

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Do you remember the dial-up sound connecting to the Internet?

The sound of a love message that never got a reply.

That left us to remember the sound of an era as an echo of itself.

That left us connecting with each other, only to be left forgotten.

'Babe, call me back’ is an exhibition presenting the interactive AI created by Nayab Ikram in collaboration with the developer Benji. Featuring the modem which was behind the love message.

The language of the AI is based on the dial-up sound connecting to the internet. Through interaction with the modem people can write messages, which are stored in the application and read out loud using the developed alphabet. The messages are then translated and played back in the form of the dial-up sound. The original dial-up sound has been translated through a web application that translates sound to texts in English.

You now have the chance to write with the computer, and maybe even reply to the love message it once sent to you.

The sound of the love message has been translated into English, and it says:

you ought

aunt who are

he who



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Nayab Ikram (b.1992) is a photographer and visual artist of Pakistani diaspora from the Åland Islands, based in Turku. She graduated with a Bachelor of Culture and Arts degree in 2015, majoring in photography, from Novia University of Applied Sciences in Jakobstad, Finland.

Ikram works with concepts related to cultural identity and the formation of identities. The objective of Ikram’s studies and interactive art is to create dialogue between person and object in a public space. The resulting communication has to do with both personal and collective memories, expressed with the help of abstract texts, images and sounds. Abstract form of expression is Ikram’s way of challenging our methods of communication.

Ikram has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions. She has exhibited her work at The Åland Islands Art Museum (2018), the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, Belgium (2017), Platform Nord, Norway (2017) Rotterdam Photo Festival, The Netherlands (2017) and Moderna Museet, Sweden (2016). In 2017 she was the winner of the Portfolio Review for Young Nordic Photographers at Landskrona Foto Festival.

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Graphic design: Linn Henrichson

The exhibition has been support by Taike Taiteen Edistämiskeskus - Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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Nayab Ikram

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