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11 DECEMBER 2004

Object Memory Archive: A Structured-repository Of Personal Objects

"OMA is an internet–based project to which users can make audio–visual contributions, and navigate and view their own and other people's entries. These entries can be interactively arranged according to various semantic categories. The purpose is an easily accessible distributed platform for everyone who wants to archive and share important events in their life where such events are associated with specific objects. These objects then become the place–holders and psycho–physical focus for the events and memories that are precious to us."
(Agnes Hegedüs)

OMA is a QUT artist–in–residence work by Agnes Hegedus, created in collaboration with Grace Peng, Johanes Soetanto, Dave Wallace.

The "Object Memory Archive" is a project created by Agnes Agnes Hegedüs as an on–line development of her earlier works "Their Things Spoken" and "Things Spoken".



2004Agnes HegedusDavid Wallace • Grace Peng • Johanes Soetanto • MAAP • memoryObject Memory Archiveobjects • OMA • psycho-physical • QUTSimon Perkinssouvenirstructured-repositoryTheir Things SpokenThings Spoken
08 JANUARY 2004

Their Things Spoken: a catalogue of Their belongings

"Their Things Spoken by Agnes Hegedüs refers to the gulf between the conservation and valuation of officially recognized cultural representations and the information content of bearers of personal significance originating in apparently unimportant, unknown biographies. The artist distributed among visitors to the ZKM a leaflet asking, 'Why not put your favorite object in a museum?' This question stimulated the museum visitors to reflect upon rituals of appreciating and keeping, and to relate the museum exhibits to the relics to which they attribute private significance.

Using a Polaroid camera to document contributors and objects, and a tape recorder for their stories and comments, she imposed no restrictions on the choice of personal favorites.

Her concern was to warehouse the portraits of people and objects in the most neutral possible way, so that every image and statement is equally valid. The DVD–ROM storage medium allows the body of contributions to be archived exactly as they were documented. The stories stand for themselves and, like an atlas of everyday life, show a random collection of people whose relationship to the world is revealed through the objects they identify with."
(Ursula Frohne)



03 JANUARY 2004

Interactive media: pioneering artists

An incomplete list: Agnes Hegedüs, Brenda Laurel, Carl Eugene Loeffler, Charlotte Davies, Christian Möller, Christian Sommerer, Dick Lüsebrink, Edmond Couchot, Grahame Weinbren, Gyorgy Kepes, Jean–Louis Boissier, Jeffrey Shaw, Joachim Sauter, Knowbotic Research, Laurent Mignonneau, Lynn Hershman, Michael MacKenzie, Monika Fleischmann, Myron Krueger, Nadia Magnenat–Thalmann, Paul Garrin, Paul Yuxweluptun, Peter Weibel, Rachel Strickland, Roy Ascott, Ryohei Nakatsu, Toni Dove, Toshio Iwai, Ulrike Gabriel, Wolfgang Strauss

Oliver Grau. 'Virtual Art' p.173–176



Agnes HegedusartistBrenda Laurel • Carl Eugene Loeffler • Char Davies • Christian Moller • Christian Sommerer • Dick Lusebrink • digital pioneers • Edmond Couchot • Grahame Weinbren • Gyorgy Kepesinteractioninteractiveinteractive media • Jean-Louis Boissier • Jeffrey ShawJoachim Sauter • Knowbotic Research • Laurent Mignonneau • Lynn Hershman • Michael MacKenzie • Monika Fleischmann • Myron Krueger • Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann • Oliver Grau • Paul Garrin • Paul Yuxweluptun • Peter Weibel • Picht • Rachel Strickland • Roy Ascott • Ryohei Nakatsu • telematic art • Toni Dove • Toshio Iwai • Ulrike Gabriel • Wolfgang Strauss • ZKM
03 JANUARY 2004

netMemory: nascent Constellations Project

I created the 'netMemory' tool in December 2003 as a support for Agnes Hegedüs' 'Object Memory Archive' project. The tool was designed as a scrapbook for collecting and sharing useful ideas and references during the conceptualisation process for the OMA project. While the netMemory tool can be seen as the logical starting point for my Constellations Project its usefulness to the OMA project was limited and so was removed shortly after being created.



Simon Perkins
02 JANUARY 2004

Things Spoken: a catalogue of Her belongings

"Most people collect objects during their lives. These can be gifts, souvenirs, momentos, personal artifacts, found things, etc. Their significance for their 'collectors' are usually contextual and personal.

This CD–ROM presents a selection of about 50 objects that I have collected, put together in such a way that the viewer can make an interactive exploration of both their singularities and their possible (inter)relationships. Each object has been digitized on a flat–bed scanner, whose consequent transformation of the original object is a form of aesthetic reconstitution characteristic for 'multimedia'. Embedded in a machinal darkness, the objects reveal themselves insubstantially, idiosynchratically in the reflected red, green and blue light of the scanning process.

The viewer can sort these objects by various criteria such as size, weight, colour, function, or such as in the case of gifts, the gender of the persons who gave them to me. In this way that 'feverish' method by which digital archives can be reorganised according to any criteria is here applied in a manner that is as gratuitously personal as the objects themselves.

Each object is accompanied by my personal narrative that led me to keep these often trivial things and by the account of friends. The third layer of interactivity comes from within these spoken narratives. Specific words are hypertextually linked to any reoccurences oaf those words elsewhere. In this way the viewer can instantly make links between objects and their associated stories. These chance conjunctions in the narratives amplify potential relationships that let the viewer discover further layers of congruency and signification within this very personal of objects."

(Media Art Net)






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