MoRM at the 2017 Festival of Research

A brief showcase of materials and ideas

Students and faculty researchers from the Digital Living Research program at Aarhus University presented the ideas behind the Museum of Random Memory at the Aarhus Festival of Research in April 2017. Held in a vaulted central hall on AU’s main campus, the festival was filled with demonstrations and talks. To compete with the more “hard” science neuropsychologists, mathematicians, chemists, and biologists, we promoted our booth as a “mind lab”, aided by the visual cue of our white lab coats (hacked with duct tape labels on the sleeves).

Rather than a repeat of the Museum of Random Memory, which we had held for two days a month earlier at the CounterPlay Festival, we offered four discussion and demonstration stations where visitors could explore why we think the idea of MoRM is important. Students and graduates of the AU Digital Living masters program discussed various issues about surveillance through website tracking, future data degradation, personal big data, and memory making.

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.