Due: Tuesday, Apr 11, noon
Submit Documentation: Gallery Pool - Remembrance
Tues, Mar 21 - Assignment Given
Thur, Mar 23 - Warm up Exercise Due; Group Work
Tues, Mar 28 - Research / Discoveries Due
Thur, Mar 30 - Proposals and Background
Tues, Apr 11 - Crit/Review of outcomes 12.00 am (in-class)
Tues, Apr 11 @ midnight - Digital Documentation Due
Over the last two module’s we’ve explored memory and technology largely at a small scale and for the individual. Now, we’ll shift the frame in a couple of ways. We’ll think beyond the individual to shared scenarios around mediating memory through technology. We’ll move beyond objects and start to think about broader scenarios in the world. We’ll imagine smart and augmented spaces at the scale of buildings, outdoor areas, parks and neighborhoods. Finally, we’ll shift the timescale and be much more prospective than in the last few projects.
Specifically, we’ll explore remembrance and how an increasingly networked world presents new opportunities to memorialize individuals, groups, or happenings. We’ll consider our digital legacy - digital stuff we leave behind - meets the physical world.
How might existing places of remembrance (cementaries), celebration (monuments) or memorial (museums) might be augmented, extended or enhanced through our digital legacy?
We’ll start by exploring these sites and asking how we currently enode memory in real and virtual places. From there we’ll begin to question how these sites of remebrance might take on new significance, hold new value or be reimagined in a hybrid world. In these sites how might they blend the physical and the digital to give new opportunities to remember, celebrate or immortalize a life?
What does it mean to be remembered or celebrated in a world of networked memories? How does digital legacy intersect with the spaces that already exist to celebrate/remember?
This exercise is designed to give a broader and more speculative frame to our explorations to help you consider the societial, cultural and spatial significances of networked memory. It’ll help you begin to consider technology-supported memory as something that is situated in the world and that might integrate with many of the customs, practices and sites we have about remembrance today: As part of this exercise, you will:
Develop an understanding concepts in digital legacy, and the socio-cultural considerations around managing personal digital content in a generational context;
Investigate current sites for remembrance, celebration or memorial as a means to inform future possibilities for digitally enhanced spaces;
Speculate on how hybrid practices (blended physical digital space) might be used to enhance scenarios of remembrance;
Work collaboratively in an applied investigation to tease-out the broader considerations, issues and requirements in building memory-technologies (social, cultural, personal, biological implications etc.)
To help, kickstart this investigation, we’ll develop a shared understanding of current sites and spaces for collective remembrance, celebration or memorial.
Visit this site and:
Reflect on any insights and considerations uncovered. Use your observations to speculate on opprtunities for digital content to enhance the space.
Write up and report to Slack by Thursday. Report your findings and speculations in class. We’ll review in class together.
By class on Thursday 28th, each group member should research contribute well documented 2 precedents to Slack. This could be an artistic work, theory on memory and forgetting, a research paper, a design reference, etc. You should:
Identify and report on two to three precedent projects on digital legacy, cultural memory, or hybrid spaces that inform your outcome
For example you could focus:
Add your documented example to the #discoveries as a new post on slack (see below). The discovery should include a link to the resource, it’s creators, and a short narrative (100-200 words explaining why someone else should pay attention to it)
By class on Tuesday, Mar 28 and completed individually (posted to Slack)
Note: Findings from each group should be synthesized into and reported as part of your final documentation.
Taking cues from ‘The Final Cut’, and the many speculative spaces where digital memories overlapped with physical space, you’re going to consider how to construct a hybrid responsive space that blends digital memories with the real sites.
Brief: design a hybrid space for shared remembrance or memorialization that mixes digital and physical interactions to support a digital legacy.
Drawing on your warm up exercise and the insights from current spaces, speculate on future possibiltiies for blended spaces. You are required to develop an initial proposal for your hybrid space that includes:
When formulating your proposal you begin to address the following questions:
By the end of the project you should have delivered:
Deliverable I: A detailed conceptual design. This covers:
Final deliverables to be presented at the Crit/Review
Include a write up of the following:
Conceptual Design: Describe your vision. What is the driving idea behind your design? What kind of solution are you trying to create and why? How does it enhance/augment/extend memory? What are your goals and motivations? How would it work in practice? etc
Prototype: Describe your experience/working prototype: What did you create, how, etc.? What tools and technologies were involved? Include appropriate content and illustration (e.g. a concept video, a video of the device in operation, diagrams, code, etc.)
Precedents: Describe theory, concepts, and research you have performed. Describe the prior work, ideas and projects that influenced your design. What work informed this idea.
Process: Describe how you arrived out the outcome. What iterations, refinements, design decisions and changes were made?
Open Questions and Challenges: What questions remain to be addressed or questions about memory did this exploration raise for you. What are the things we should pay attention to/discuss in class for future explorations?
Reflection: Reflect on making this project. What did you learn? What would you do differently? Did you get where you wanted to? If not, why not? What do you need to get there, etc?
Attribution and References: Reference any sources or materials used in the documentation or composition.
Each of these sections should be no more than 200 words max. and well illustrated (images, videos, etc.)
For the Project Info’s goal description: it must be tweetable - summarise your outcome in no more than 140 characters