About this project
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The Memory Diaries™ Art Project (Part A) is a continuous 30 day art installation in Door County, Wisconsin. Why Door County? Beginning as a child on family vacations continuing throughout my life, I spend time in Door County and have many memories. Building rock cairns was always a part of every trip as a family tradition. For me however cairn building took on an added dimension of importance after the death of one of my four brothers twenty years ago. It is an important thing that I do to reflect, meditate and find my way.
In this spirit for the Memory Diaries Art Project I will physically create a half mile meditative space of life size rock cairns along Lake Michigan, at the water’s edge — where land, sky and the water meet. Each day I will return and respond to what happened overnight from the weather, gravity and other people. What cairns have fallen down and what cairns have been added by others. During this process I will continually record the installation with photos, videos and time lapse sequences.
Putting these ideas together, my goal is to physically create an outdoor meditative space of rock cairns in conjunction with clouds, waves, sunsets and stars which will endure via photos, videos and time lapse. At the end of the month, the installation is abandoned and disappears. The only thing that will live on are the photos and videos. These are the memories that can be re-lived and shared … if you will, re-imagined later by myself and by others.
Then in (Part B) I build a suitable archival system so that the photos and videos from (Part A) are available to future generations. It can be said that wisdom is the re-living of past events. So a Memory Diary is your place to store wisdom that endures through time. The archival system will be Internet accessible, and will preserve photos, videos, etc as digital files in a Memory Diary.
A Memory Diary™ is 100 gigabytes of online archival quality “cold” durable storage for 100 years. That’s it. But here is the best part. Your reward for funding the Memory Diary Art Project is your very own Memory Diary for your own digital documents, images, videos and sounds.
For 100 years, don’t worry about digital bit rot, format obsolescence, disaster recovery of your stuff, and a few hundred more issues. The more people that fund the Memory Diary Art Project, the more people that will have a Memory Diary for their own precious memories. This concept works better with large numbers of people. With a lot of Memory Diaries there are economies of scale. It becomes easier to aggregate services, to build applications such as client applications to your tablets and phones, and to create and sustain a community of people interested in digital preservation. That way, your memories are available to you. Think of it. A Memory Diary becomes your own meditative place in the digital world. You can pass this on to your kids, your grand kids and so on, for generations and generations.
Even though the concept of long term, durable digital storage is simple, actually doing it is complex and may quickly become expensive. Someone has to systematically refresh the bits every few years, there is the need for safety backups, migration strategies must be engineered as new technologies and new formats come along or go away - like the going away of the MP3 format. Just think about it! It is going to happen!
My photos are important to me. I know I want my stuff around for at least one hundred years. I bet you want your stuff around too. But guess what? If you don’t make a plan, your digital files won’t make it.
Hard drives, forget it.
Compact flash, worse.
The cloud? Are you serious? Who’s going to do your index? Managing files in the cloud isn’t trivial.
No plan, and sooner than you think, your digital memories will disappear like cloud vapors.
So wouldn’t it be better if we all worked together? A Memory Diary is something we all need … so that in the years to come, our precious memories, our photos, videos, sounds, documents are still available.
Here’s my summary.
Part A, a Memory Diary is a one month outdoor art installation illustrating with rock cairns the transitory nature of a life journey.
Part B, the installation is preserved in photos and videos which are digitally archived in online “cold” durable storage for 100 years.
By supporting the Memory Diary Art Project, you get your own Memory Diary to archive your most precious memories. A Memory Diary is 100 gigabytes online “cold” durable archival storage, for 100 years, for 100 dollars. Memories Need A Place™.
Risks and challenges
That the cost of storing digital documents does not continue to drop in price. The Rewards have been calculated on a model assuming the cost per gigabyte of cold durable storage will decrease by 50% every three years for 5 cycles (or 15 years).
The time estimates for Rewards have already been pushed out (since many Kickstarter projects finish at least 3 months behind schedule).
Many of the technical people helping me on this project are volunteering their time. Hopefully they will stay steady on the project with me.
Finally, the long term ambition is to build a strong community dedicated to digital preservation and related issues like format obsolescence. The long term success of the project depends on a committed community.
As for my qualifications, I shared one bathroom with four brothers. I am from Wisconsin. I have been a college professor for over 20 years. And when needed, cheese solves a lot of problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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