A new kind of therapy based on your own memories.
Identity is an inherently creative process. Our self-perception is based upon an ever-changing narrative that we keep, formed by our experiences and forged by the milestones in our life. You are not the same person as you were yesterday, and what you experience today will shape who you become tomorrow. This is the fundamental flaw (and affordance) of memory. It is malleable mirror to the past, which distorts the image depending on our perspective at the time of reflection.
The introduction of the photograph infinitely changed the manner in which we define our identity. The ability to capture a moment in time grants us a fixed perspective into the past, which the brain uses in the reconstructive process of recollection. Still, a photograph isn’t an absolute truth. As they saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but we lose so much in translation.
Moving picture and sound recordings have developed since the advent of photography. These are the foundational bricks in modern memory recall, upon which we construct the house of narrative in which we live. It’s strange to think about taking identity for granted, but for someone with a neurological disorder such as Alzheimer’s Disease, maintaining a sense of self is a day to day struggle. By capturing and preserving one’s defining moments, we provide a strong foundation to build upon during a time when many things fall apart.
Student work, 2012
Wentworth Institute of Technology