Memory Archive

Tool 

VS Code Studio

Duration

March 2020

Institution

Parsons School of Design

Instructor

Simone Cutri

Scope

Conceptualization
Responsive coding
Inspection
Presentation

This website depicts cultural intersections from different time periods in China. Through the form of TVs and the interactive actions, users could play and interact with the TVs and have a gallery view of the memorial pictures, feeling like traveling through time.

Concept

Memory records one’s past information and can form one’s personality. To some extent, therefore, human society is a giant archive that is composed of numerous informational memories.

Talking about memory, some choose to bury it and others choose to share it. Through topics like childhood, siblings, and fashion style, I intend to depict cultural intersections from different periods of China through my family album. However, the deeper meaning of this project is to question my audience: is memory shareable or personal? I gave my answer to the question through two expressions: a digital installation and a physical model.

Ideation 1: Memory is Shareable

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Through this digital installation, audiences can click the TV buttons on the screens and see the randomly generated memories. In this way, the memory is being shared to viewers by its owner.

By listing the pictures in array [], the function clicking() will ensure to randomly generate one picture at a time from array [].

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Childhood

Fashion 

Siblings

Hairstyle

Ideation 2: Memory is Private

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The Tiny House Movement was an architectural and social movement that promotes houses with small square spaces, with intentions to save financial costs and the natural environment. Imagine the tiny house is the futuristic way of living. In the tiny house, space could be a personal museum for memory.

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Reflection

“Memory is both shareable and personal. Undoubtedly, it has an immersive power to our hearts.” The two ways of ideation have interpreted memory differently: the digital installation highlights the interaction between owner and audience, whereas the physical model collects memories as personal treasures. Apparently, either way works, yet the immersive power of memories to one’s emotion is undoubted.