jade MIlan

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As humans, we are prisoners of the internet and our ability to forget, which manipulates our minds to think of what information is to be kept. By investigating forms of decay within natural systems, this project attempts to treat memory loss as having a discrete value to information, possibly exceeding the assumed imperative of lossless storage over time. By interweaving the bias for lossless digital storage and our often un-acknowledged cultural expectations of mental deterioration, is there a way to be selective in how we experience forgetfulness? My explorations offer the viewer a glimpse into the gap between perfect "digital lucidity" and the mind's altering of reality through natural decay. Using decay as a tool exposes the process of degradation as positive: preserving only information with which we–as ourselves, as "users"–find a deeper relationship.

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Artificial Intelligence
Interaction Design
Design Research
Rapid Prototyping

Adobe Indesign

Human-Computer Interaction
Natural and Artificial Decay
Memory Loss

Through these experiments, I used multiple API(s) to explore different ways of how we input and output information unnoticeably different from what we visually see or say, and how computers can recognize the changes of when these memories occur.

I used a Photo Booth to create an experience of being placed in a familiar environment, so your surroundings at that moment are being depicted by what the computer registers of who and where you are. Using visual recognition as a tool I wanted to show how someone else might understand these photos than the person who actually experienced it.

Using eye tracking to measure the positions of your eye in relation to the motion of the head. Using the tracker device in front of your eye I wanted you to focus on these collective images by looking at the wandering eye to show what images are more important to keep alive. Changing how viewers intuitively assign value to digital images and objects of selective memory.

You’re also visually realizing that the noise and sounds of your surroundings change your memories, which you might not notice. As seen here the mic picks up the person closest to it but also captures other sounds which translate to text to be a mix of both spatial and closer conversations.


https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-two-scientists-who-implanted-false-memory-mouse-180953045/ https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/how-to-instill-false-memories/

Early Project Experiments:

© Jade Milan 2012–2019