Due: Tuesday, April 2
Submit Documentation: Gallery Pool - Hybrid Memorial
|Thur, Mar 21||Proposal||Create a proposal for your creative project (200 words + illustrations) and share on the Gallery|
|Tues, Mar 28||Map||Develop an experience map/networked interactions to describe the experience through the memorial|
|Thur, Mar 28||Desk Crit||Develop a rough cut to discuss during desk crits|
|Tues, Apr 2||Project||Present your prototype in class.|
|Tues, Apr 2||Crit||Give feedback projects in class|
|Tues, Apr 2, midnight||Documentation||Deliver documentation of your creative project|
This competition organized by the the National Park Service (NPS), the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), and the Van Alen Institute asked people to engage with and reimagine how we experience and interact with memorials. They note:
Memorials enshrine what we as a society want to remember. But the places, people, and stories that we memorialize, and the audiences who engage with them, are in fact constantly changing. A memorial tells its story through subject matter and design. This story is often complex and multi-dimensional as a memorial’s interpretive elements embody ideas of identity, culture, and heritage, and each have intensely personal interpretations for every individual.
While it doesn’t directly confront the digital, many of the submissions explored the potential of new technologies to craft compelling experiences within and around the memorial. The prompts and reflections they found are worth exploring as part of this project. They are (and directly quoting from Memorials for the Future):
In addition you should reflect on Moncur & Kirk’s framework for digital memorials and ask the following of your design:
• Who are the actors involved in digital memorials? • What are the inputs? • What form does the memorial take? • What message should the memorial convey?
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: Propose and design a hybrid space to act as a site of memorial in a 10 year horizon. The monument should be a site of memorial for of an individual that has not yet died or cultural event that has not yet happened. It should speculate on technology’s role in a digital legacy and explore collective 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:
You should develop at least one prototype that demonstrates your ideas for how you can support spaces for collective memory. The proposal should consider how data and digital information will be used in these kinds of scenarios and how architectural and digital spaces might be blended in the future.
The possibilities are wide and varied. But you should:
Unusual approaches, left-of-center thinking and impracticality is encouraged!
Note: Hardware, technologies and other resources can be requested.
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;
Develop a hands-on exploration that begins to tease-out the broader considerations, issues and requirements in designing for forgetting (social, cultural, personal, implications etc.)
Work collaboratively in an applied investigation to test a future-focused scenario for possible technologies and intelligent environments to support memorial practices.
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