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Thesis Update – Too Much Stuff

By September 15, 2016 No Comments

Yup, I have recently discovered that picking “memory” for my thesis concept is quite a daunting and fraught-filled path. Why you may ask, simply it is because of HOW HUGE IT IS! Seriously there is simply too many paths to take and the way too many directions one can follow. Based on last week how we were supposed to bring in an update and a series of images pertaining to our topic (new college) I was distressed why Anthony Deen pointed out how diverse I was: personal memories, locational memories, ancestral memories, and geographical memories. My scope through the bloody roof.

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IN this moment, of doubt, fear, anguish, and wine/cookie filled hallucinatory state I found clarity. What if this in itself is that answer? All this time, I have been looking at memories and traditions as singular things and moments to pass down from one generation to the next but really the problem is two parts.  Pervious artifacts used for archiving memory include scrapbooks, photo albums, family traditions, and telling stories. Yet this solution while providing strong singular notes to connect to. Most people choose to hide them away; in my families case, you can find our albums in a drawer in our sunroom covered in dust. Today though we find almost the opposite problem. Whereby we highlight and bring about 100’s if not thousands of status updates, Instagram pics, and tweets, yet for the most part our emotional connection to these moments and events are almost nill. In a sense, we have created a landfill of memories with the now organization to find the 5 or so pictures and moments we truly care for. It is not a sustainable memory system or one that can be passed down to the previous from the lack of value.

Pervious artifacts used for archiving memory include scrapbooks, photo albums, family traditions, and telling stories. Yet this solution while providing strong singular notes to connect to. Most people choose to hide them away; in my families case, you can find our albums in a drawer in our sunroom covered in dust. Today though we find almost the opposite problem. Whereby we highlight and bring about 100’s if not thousands of status updates, Instagram pics, and tweets, yet for the most part our emotional connection to these moments and events are almost nill. In a sense, we have created a landfill of memories with the now organization to find the 5 or so pictures and moments we truly care for. It is not a sustainable memory system or one that can be passed down to the previous from the lack of value.

What is needed is something like the MET in a sense where it dosesn’t show all of history but bite sized curated moments that best represent the greater whole. In a sense, this curation of life memories is the theme where like the Mind Palace as a method of accessing mental information this goes one step future into determining what is important first then being able to find it. Based on my initial assumptions I look to the 3 points below as areas to look at.

  1. Emotional Connections
  2. Trigger Points
  3. People/senses resonance

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Looking at access I found some reference that seems like a cool starting point. Jor -El from Superman an artificial system that stores the memories of a person creating a facsimile to control and access from. We are already fairly impressive at archiving history (Look at the national archives) the question becomes “keeping only those records that are judged to have a continuing value” and can be used to trigger other points. Maybe in time even find unqiue emotional or tagged commonalities with others.

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