What is The Memory Booth?The Memory Booth is a travelling performance research project that takes the form of an interactive body-memory installation. The core of the installation revolves around the (re)embodiment of an archive of video registrations of traditional dance forms. The installation has an interactive user input interface, the Booth, and an output exhibition in another, public, space.
The Memory Booth draws elements from three memory stimulating devices: the photo booth, the game ‘memory’ and Giulio Camillo’s ‘theatre of memory’. The aim of the project is to explore how technology and performance can interact in the process of remembering, specifically how performance functions as mnemonic device aided by technology. The installation serves as a venue and happening that allows both the creators and the users to explore the workings of personal embodied memory in relation to database storage and the performing of an archive, vis-à-vis the body as database.How does The Memory Booth work? The Memory Booth user experience occurs in three main parts:
- 1) When a user enters The Memory Booth, they are welcomed by a screen that invites them to imitate a series of movements that are sourced from archival videos of cultural dance and physical art. Each time a countdown commences and the user performs the movement.
- 2) At the end of the game the user is asked to perform the whole series of movements in one dance and this series is recorded by a camera. This last performance is not an imitation from an on-screen video but an enaction of an embodied memory.
- 3) The user's final dance performance enters into The Memory Booth's growing database of the videos of other Memory Booth users and the original archival video. The ever expanding archive of The Memory Booth is projected on the walls of a separate publicly accessible space, forming a constantly expanding exhibition.
What Your Pledges Are For
Without your pledges The Memory Booth would be little more than ephemera floating on the breeze. To realize this project we need equipment construct the booth itself. Your contributions will go to the cost of buying hardware, including:
- A Mac Mini (for running the orignal programming)
- An External HD (to backup the growing archive)
- A Webcam (to capture user's experiences)
- A Projector (to bring the exhibition to the public eye)
- Lighting Equipment
- Design Materials
Any amount you can contribute will go a long way in helping us realize the project and is most sincerely appreciated! We look forward to creating a unique experience for users of The Memory Booth (which we hope will include you!) and giving back to donors with the rewards we have to offer.
Hartelijk Bedankt from Amsterdam & Beyond,
The Creators of The Memory Booth
- (60 days)