Save Yourself

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A written and visual response to the idea of forgetting positively in the digital age. This is a perfect bound, french folded book with hidden metadata inside the pages.

This book was awarded the 2011 Dean's Prize for the School of Visual Arts at AUCB.

The advent of the personal computer has revolutionised the way we store information. However, a multifarious range of problems can be raised as to how we may preserve our digital records for future generations. Western culture has changed dramatically as we tend to no longer keep letters, photograph albums and films in their physical forms; rather we compress our lives onto online databases, social networking websites and hard drives. 

How will our grandchildren access our recorded information once we have gone? Are we naïve to believe that the digital world retains a perfect memory that will never lose our digital possessions? The idea of an open culture is fast becoming a reality and should we be ready to embrace and accept this digital phenomenon? This study aimed to explore all of these questions reflectively in order to highlight the adverse and alarming difficulties that we as the new digital natives of the 21st century should be readily aware of.

 
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What would our digital lives look like compressed?

What would our digital lives look like compressed?

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What if our files were presented on a digital cake stand? 

What if our files were presented on a digital cake stand? 

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What if there was a forget button to remove you from the digital world?  Would there be consequences?

What if there was a forget button to remove you from the digital world?  Would there be consequences?

What if we could have devices to remember to forget?  Here a memory snail removes your unwanted data.

What if we could have devices to remember to forget?  Here a memory snail removes your unwanted data.

We cannot escape the inevitability of bit rot

We cannot escape the inevitability of bit rot

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