Myth, Mystery, and Patchwork: Designing for a Family Collective Memory Keeping
Jasmine Jones (University of Michigan- Ann Arbor)
Co-author: Mark Ackerman (University of Michigan- Ann Arbor)
Memory is shaped by the media in which it is communicated. In a world where people live enmeshed with computing technologies, there are myriad opportunities to enrich and enhance everyday life with new kinds of memory. In my research, I employ a mixed methods interpretivist approach to investigate how people relate to and revisit memories of their past, how families collectively interact with shared memory, and how pervasive “ubicomp” technologies can be designed to support and enhance the social activities of sharing family memory across generations. To explore this design space, I am creating 3 prototypes of tangible, interactive memory artifacts that will serve as technology probes for families. Each of the prototypes mediate some aspect of the social process of collective remembering. The proposed contribution of this work will be the design, implementation, and evaluation of prototype technologies that facilitate family memory sharing and support families in their endeavor to pass down important aspects of the collective past to future generations.