Museum of Random Memory

This site showcases the outtakes and outcomes from a series of artistic projects called Museum of Random Memory (MoRM) created and performed by an international team of artists, data scientists, activists, and educators.

The up-front purpose is to playfully engage citizens to donate a memory. At some events, these memories become digital images displayed on giant screens. At other events, we ask people to donate a thing, object, or idea they’d like to forget. At smaller events, we might show how the digital form of our memories can degrade over time, making them impossible to distinguish or recognize.

Behind-the-scenes, our purpose is to bridge the gap between data use and data literacy. Working primarily in a European context, MoRM encourages citizens to critically examine the processes of memory-making and more broadly, history making in the digital and datafied era. MoRM asks tough questions in playful ways, bringing together art, social science, data science, technology, and activism. It makes more sense when you look at some of our video documentation, essays, and images. You can also play with the interface we used in 2017 to encourage people to donate memories they’d like to somehow remember or forget: http://museumofrandommemory.com/ 

Events, Installations, & Exhibitions

Museum of Random Memory is a series of workshops and interventions to highlight the challenge of preserving as well as forgetting cultural memory in a digital era.

Documentation

The Museum of Random Memory has been exhibited in festivals, conferences and other venues, across multiple countries.

Theoretical and Conceptual Background

The project employs a variety of research methods and theoretical framings, such as critical pedagogy, data literacy and arts-based technology critique.

People and Partners

The Museum of Random Memory is built by a transnational group of artists, researchers and activists, supported by multiple sponsors and partners.

Creating Future Memories

This page is part of Creating Future Memories, an Aarhus University funded research project exploring speculative, future-oriented, and participatory methods for citizens to understand and better control the data being produced through and around the everyday use of digital media.