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Forget me, FOrget me not


a speculative ritual to earn the deletion of a digital memory

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Forget me, FOrget me not


a speculative ritual to earn the deletion of a digital memory

challenge

Design a ritual for the forgetting or dispossessing of digital memories supported by a physical/digital object.

solution

An experiential prototype positing a ritual that allows someone to seek the deletion of digital content stored outside their control.

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duration: 3 weeks
role: I contributed to the conceptual design, scripted the experience, created the media system, and Wizard of Oz'd the prototype.
teammates: Roberto Andaya, Ophelie Tousignant, Zain Islam-Hashmi

Forget Me, Forget Me Not raises questions around the forgetting and fading away of memories in a future total capture society.

Forgetting Booths allow citizens to seek the communal forgetting of embarrassing, humiliating, or degrading memories. They will be integrated into public spaces and available 24/7. An individual who wants a memory to be forgotten goes to the booth, specifies the memory, and waits for a companion. Once another stranger arrives, they each divulge the moment to the other in return for its digital destruction from all cloud-connected platforms. The memory then exists singularly in these two souls.

A Forgetting Booth located in a city park.

A Forgetting Booth located in a city park.

A section view of a Forgetting Booth and an overview of the ritual.

A section view of a Forgetting Booth and an overview of the ritual.

Behind the curtain