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Interactive Memory

Sense-of-Self

Undisruptive interactive product idea to trigger memories.

S-O-S .. a cry for help to reclaim the Sense-of-Self

This project used embedded triggers in personal objects to upload personal videos via blue tooth. The reader of the triggers was further embedded in an old Bush radio used as a jewellery box.


"The connection with the immersive feelings of 'self' illicited by accessing memories reinforces personhood and identity.There are times when this may have been temporarily fragmented due to number of factors such as change and stress. Anecdotally it is well established that emotional memories and other self-referential activities can be triggered powerfully by music."Music is such a sought-after stimulus," says Petr Janata (Associate Professor at University of California Davis in the Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain). 


"It's not necessary for human survival, yet something inside us craves it". My aim is to create a pre-emptive tool to help therapists who work with this group. The big idea is to realise a digital memory scrapbook with related non-pharmacological triggers such as smell, touch and music accessed via digital passports or related personal objects. "

MA in Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins, Distinction

Coding by the TheHypnotist. Help and feedback during the research.

Full Research Journal http://www.bushra.biz/s-o-s/

Song : Ackta Gan Lecko Amar Jano by Pratima Sabah Noor aged 8 with her grandmother Rehana Begum Sarker aged 63 both in London Conversations, singing, photos from Rehana’s youth growing up in Bikrampur and Dhaka Bangladesh.

Song : There far away, Beyond the River  
Russian Folk Song, Russian Civil War

Ivan aged 6 in London with his grandmother Valentina Tchoudinova aged 72 in Karaganda in Kazakhstan.

Conversations, singing and photos from Valentina’s youth growing up in the USSR.

Song : Nigerian Boy Scout’s Song

Cassius aged 6 with his grandfather
Solomon Olufemi Ijiehin 85
both in London.

Conversations, singing and photos from Solomon’s youth growing up in Igbobini ondo state, Nigeria.

Memories, Music