MEMORY SNIPPETSAn interactive installation for memory storage Shan Liu Hybrid: Nano Bio Art Spring 2011
>> concept development DESIGN STATEMENT: Storing memories in format of snippets of sound, the nightstand recalls and reconstructs the memories through user interactions. Playing with the drawers triggers memories, and manipulates the mind to compose them into new ones. Media: sound, visual probes Goal: To give visitor a surrealistic, sensorial experience.
DESIGN OUTCOMEphysical prototype pics of nightstand
AESTHETIC PRECEDENTsurrealisticdreamy paintings by Dali
CONCEPT PRECEDENTmorphing + transforming“Selective Memory Theatre” by Matthias Dörfelt
RESEARCHmemory organization Autobiographical Memory Base Memory probes by Conway and Pleydell-Pearce (2000) They are used as cues for specific memories. Types of memory probes: verbal, visual, audio, odor, textile. Lifetime Periods General Events Emotions Emotion greatly affects the way autobiographical memories are encoded and how people retrieve those memories. Positive Negative Event-specific Knowledge
RESEARCH WIN A GAMEan example associatations & triggers>> memory of memory association LOVE BE HIRED DESIRE BREAKING-UP FEAR LOSING PRECIOUS ITEMS FINANCIAL CRISIS FALLING DIE FROM CAR ACCIDENT LOSING CONTACT WITH TENNIA HOME GET BROKEN INTO HORROR
CONCEPT DEVELOPMENTmemory inter-relationships Watching Tom & Jerry Technology, Family, on TV at home Entertainment Family, Technology, Talking with mom on Relationship Skype Technology, School Alarm going off
FUTURE PLANThe next step of Memory Snippets will be building a“collective memory storage”. Using audio and visu-al data from YouTube and other community-based web-sites, the installation will become a portal to a memoryin a larger sense - a societal one.
REFERENCESDream Images and Symbols, by Keven J. TodeschiI Dad the Strangest Dream... The Dreamer’s Dictionary for the 21st Century, by Kelly Sulliavan Walden“Selective Memory Theatre”, by Matthias DörfeltConcept “Autobiographical memory”, wikipediaMovie “estino!” by Salvador DaliMusic“‘Simplify this Landscape with Darkness”, by Andrea Giacomini