Thursday, 24 October 2013

Michele Gauler

Digital Remains Project  - featuring at create:digital exhibition

What motivated you to develop the Digital Remains project? 

I was intrigued by the rise of meaningful personal data and the role it will play when we die.

After death these digital memories gain soul and I felt that they are not different from old love letters or photo albums from our grandparents that we find in the attic.

The one thing these memories could use are a vessel, something they live in, visibly and tangibly in our homes which represent the digital legacy of a loved one. Preferably more beautiful and worthy than the temporary, ugly and random hard drive we usually use to store our data on.

What is your favourite thing about working on the project?

Interviewing people about how they remember their loved ones and through that building up an understanding of how we use time, place and objects as markers for our mourning. This is a timeless behaviour and it also applies to the digital age. It is exciting to try and apply these kinds of universal or archetypical behaviours to phenomena in the present which haven't fully evolved yet.

As a designer, what is your least favourite thing about digital technology?

That it's intangible.

What excites you most about working as a designer?

Walking the line between uncertainty and certainty.

What are you working on at the moment?

Something completely different: a series of foldable illustrations that unfold the same story in different ways.

What do you have on your desk?

Chaos, while I work during the day and nothing at the end of the day. I have found that clearing my desk is really important for ending and starting work.

What’s the soundtrack to your studio?

Beautiful silence :)

What would be your ideal project?

A project where I can let go and step out of the way of its natural flow... meaning that there is a lot of time. Time to research, get hooked, experiment, fail, pause and discuss and exchange with people. I think this kind of process happens while at the same time working on other, more linear and focused things.

Michele's digital remain project is currently being exhibited at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland as part of the Northern Design Festival.

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