memory [en]code is an interactive tabletop installation - the attempt to visualize the dynamic character of human memory in an interactive way.
The installation is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between Holly Schmidt, a practicing artist, and Uta Hinrichs, an engineer for computational visualistics. Holly Schmidt and Uta Hinrichs met through an interdisciplinary class called "Art, Science, and Technology" that was initiated by the University of Calgary, the Banff Centre, and the Alberta College of Art and Design. As part of our class project we explored different concepts of memory found in our respective disciplines of art and computer science as well as the fields of neuroscience, psychology and sociology.
The resulting installation, memory [en]code, invites participants to enter an immersive contemplative space where they will encounter a visualization of memory on a tabletop device. Here, participants can recall and share narratives of their memories. Entered on the tabletop interface, memories become cellular forms that contain the entered text. These memories can be interacted with in a number of ways.
Participants can release and read the memories contained in the cells. They can also merge cells, thereby merging the memory narratives. Overtime the memories begin to shape one another becoming a collective memory for those that interacted with the system.
Holly Schmidt, Uta Hinrichs, Alan Dunning and Sheelagh Carpendale. memory [en]code - Building a Collective Memory within a Tabletop Installation. In Proceedings of Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging 2007 (CAe'07). Eurographics Association, pages 135 - 142, June, 2007.
Uta Hinrichs, Holly Schmidt, Tobias Isenberg, Mark S. Hancock and Sheelagh Carpendale. BubbleType: Enabling Text Entry within a Walk-Up Tabletop Installation. Research report 2008-893-06, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada, February, 2008.