Past Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald featured an article on the potential overload of photo material we collect and share nowadays. The text, which ran in last Saturday’s weekend special, includes the viewpoints of several people, including our project leader Elise van den Hoven. While some caution against collecting massive amounts, others perceive it as a boon; with such an expansive record, they’ll always know what they did at any earlier time. It’s just that they need some tool to retrieve the desired moment’s capture. The journalist, Evan Williams, also spoke with someone who deliberately cut back on her capturing and sharing habits after feeling overwhelmed. These differing viewpoints highlight the individual differences and challenges of digital media for remembering. We’ll certainly talk more about that in the future, but for now the Sydney Morning Herald has their article available online.
Last week Cursor, the newspaper for Eindhoven University of Technology, published its interview with project leader Elise van den Hoven, as part of their series on the person behind the researcher. The interview, originally conducted via Skype, discusses the Materialising Memories project and the things that make it unique and difficult when working from Sydney on a collaborative project like ours. The interview has only been published in the Dutch paper edition of Cursor, but we have a PDF spread for your reading pleasure.
The October issue of U:mag, the primary paper magazine of the University of Technology, Sydney, features a nice interview with project leader Elise van den Hoven. Interviewed by Fiona Livy, she talks about the reasons for starting the Materialising Memories project, as well as the challenges we all face when it comes to our digital content.
“You can’t put memories in a device; they can only stay in your head because they’re yours, they’re personal and they keep on changing. A lot of people still think if you take a photograph you ‘catch’ the memory, which is nonsense. I’m looking at how we can shape our environments to support remembering better.”
It’s a good read, so if you happen to be near UTS head for a stand and pick up a copy of the latest U:mag. Everyone else, fear not: the article is also available online and we have a digital copy of the interview in U:mag ready for download as well (alternatively, you can view the full magazine in digital format). If you like the project and you happen to be around Eindhoven or Sydney, feel free to join as a participant for studies we’ll be doing in the future. Just let us know via the Contact page.
Just yesterday Cathy Morris of mX Sydney, a free news paper available at most public transport hubs around Sydney, interviewed project leader Elise van den Hoven. The interview made it to the front page, vying for attention with Batman! In the interview Elise discussed the general problem area of our project, specifically the abundance of photos we collect but have difficulty retrieving at a later point in time. We made sure to grab a copy of the article for your reading pleasure.
Last week UTS News Room paid attention to the Materialising Memories project as well. The university’s journalists featured the project on the News Room website, including a discussion of the partnership between UTS and TU/e. Similar reports were published by Eindhoven University’s Cursor and Bits & Chips, a news source for the Dutch and Belgian high-tech industry. In the coming months one of UTS’ news channels will publish another interview with Elise, so more mentions in the media will surely follow.