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  • 1. TOTeMTales of Things and Electronic Memoryand other storiesJane Macdonald
  • 2. Tales of ThingsPartners:University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art)University College LondonBrunel UniversityUniversity of DundeeUniversity of SalfordFunded by the Digital Economy Research Councils UK
  • 3. Spimes“Spimes” are objects that can be tracked through space and time, andthroughout their lifetime. Spimes are regarded as “materialinstantiations of an immaterial system, they’re virtual objects first andactual objects second”, which “begin and end as data”-Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things (2005)
  • 4. Social Things
  • 5. www.talesofthings.com
  • 6. Wester Hailes, Edinburgh
  • 7. Oxfam
  • 8. Oxfam Shelflife
  • 9. National Museum of Scotland
  • 10. Aims1. Provide additional content on the objects using primary material and rich media2. Encourage the public to add their own story to artefacts in the museum, thus extending the museum’s collection through a growing archive of personal stories
  • 11. New TownCumbernauld
  • 12. NMS Memory Booth
  • 13. Singer SewingMachine
  • 14. DancingShoe
  • 15. Object Cinema / Thingema
  • 16. Memory Mix
  • 17. Housewives of Tomorrow, 1951
  • 18. Lessons learnt- QR codes not ideal and not marketed enough in the museum- Asking too much of people in the gallery, downloading app- Outside of the workshop scenarios visitors were not so keen onsharing stories and don’t value their own memories enough- Lack of wifi an issue in museums- Objects themselves a powerful way to elicit stories and narrative
  • 19. National Museum of Rural Life
  • 20. Travelling Treasures
  • 21. Thank you!jane.macdonald@ed.ac.uk@talesofthings

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