Museum of Random Memory

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.

The up-front purpose is to playfully engage citizens to think about how they might like to better control how they contribute data as they walk around in Smart Cities. The behind-the-scenes purpose is to generate data and ideas about how municipalities, buildings, or institutions are currently collecting and archiving citizen data and how we can encourage citizen engagement in these discussions. We prompt citizens to think about everyday scraps of stuff they’d like to remember or forget to spark critical reflections about what is, or could be, relevant to the city. What do cities do with the data they collect on people? Where is it stored? How does the ‘stuff’ we produce as we move around in the city play into larger city histories? What playful alternatives might allow citizens to be more engaged as active participants in what counts as cultural memory? What future heritage might we create if we all paid closer attention to the traces of ourselves that might eventually become part of some larger pool of cultural memory?

Latest updates

Remembering and Forgetting at Counterplay 2017: MoRM Returns

This participatory performance and exhibition invites you to think about the process of making memories, to play around with the idea that remembering and forgetting are not always distinct. We ask participants to contribute something they’d like to forget and walk them through a process of dis-remembering, de-archiving, and dis-preserving.

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Creating Future Memories Workshop at Dokk1

What happens when you throw a dozen intense, creative, and accomplished professionals in a room together to build an exhibition on ‘creating future memories’ in 24 hours? This workshop/sprint was conducted as part of a collaboration between the Future Making Research Consortium and the CounterPlay festival. Led by Annette Markham, Professor of Information Studies at Aarhus University.

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The politics and ethics of curating others’ memories

Brief reflections on the power of the curation process, as it inevitably carries our own moral codes, furthering our particular ethics. The only way through this tangle is to understand that the point of all of this is not to create The Museum but to engage citizens in a process through which they can think about their own memory-making tendencies.

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Building a conceptual frame for MoRM

Our everyday lives are shot through with questions of politics and history; and now perhaps we need to rethink the Museum’s purpose as providing the space for framing and reflection of each of our relative positions to these larger questions. How, then, to refine our prompt, our approach generally, and develop the role of Museum staff, all towards greater social inquiry and political discovery?

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MoRM and Future Memory

This post explores how the Museum of Random Memory was created and enacted by a group of artists, activists and academics who collaborated on investigating notions of material-, digital- and embodied memories at CounterPlay 2016.

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Research Team

 

Dalida Maria Benfield

Dalida Maria Benfield

Professor and Artist, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Christopher Bratton

Christopher Bratton

Artist / Curator

Mads Rehder

Mads Rehder

Postdoc, Aarhus University

Kseniia Kalugina

Kseniia Kalugina

Research Assistant, Aarhus University

Annette Markham

Annette Markham

Professor MSO, Aarhus University

Katrin Tiidenberg

Katrin Tiidenberg

Associate Professor, Tallinn University

Justin Lacko

Justin Lacko

Architect

Sarah Schorr

Sarah Schorr

Researcher, Photographer

Elyzabeth Holford

Elyzabeth Holford

Guest Professor, Aarhus University

Andrew Sempere

Andrew Sempere

Artist, Designer, Lausanne Switzerland

Ramona Dremjluga

Ramona Dremjluga

Research Assistant, Aarhus University

User Interface / Experience Design Team

 

Maria Hougaard

Maria Hougaard

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
Denmark

Kristjan Maalt

Kristjan Maalt

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
Estonia

Jon Aroca

Jon Aroca

Digital Living Master Student
University of the Basque Country
Spain

Daniel Gleerup Christensen

Daniel Gleerup Christensen

Information Science Bachelor Student
Aarhus University
Denmark

Diogo Agostinho

Diogo Agostinho

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
Portugal

Gabriel Pereira

Gabriel Pereira

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
Brazil

Laura Lüers

Laura Lüers

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
Germany

Srihari Muralidhar

Srihari Muralidhar

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
India

Gita Chandra

Gita Chandra

Digital Living Master Student
Aarhus University
Indonesia

Asbjørn Malte Pedersen

Asbjørn Malte Pedersen

Information Science Bachelor Student
Aarhus University
Denmark

Museum of Random Memory

This is part of a series of projects emerging from the Creating Future Memories project at Aarhus University. Creating Future Memories is a citizen-focused effort to identify and foster ongoing and new creative methods of regaining control of the ‘big data’ we regularly produce in our everyday lives.

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