About Digital Stories
My role: solo designer, storytelling, experiential design, print design
How do we talk about our digital lives?
“Digital Stories” questions the concept of people having separate digital and physical lives and is a critique of the notion that digital friendships mean less than physical ones.
My own personal history to the digital has been something I’ve been very reluctant to talk about for a very long time. It has, however, impacted my personal relationships, my design work, and my life decisions. From influencing my decision to go into design, to giving me a predisposition to anything computer-related, I have not been able to separate my online life from any plans I make concerning my future. Now that I am close to making some large life decisions, my degree project is an attempt to reconcile myself with my past in order to better understand where I want to go in the future.
- Exhibition and Presentation
- Digital Lives
- A Love Letter to the Internet
- Digital Humanism
Exhibition and Presentation
An installation to present all of the other work. I was only present in the space as a face at the front of the room, video chatting in. I didn't speak—I let my typing do the work for me. There was a separation between me and the audience, reminiscient of the seperation that exists on the web. Everyone attending sat at their own laptop, watching their own personal presentations, even while participating in a shared experience, reminiscient of the collective that you feel part of on the internet.
The book consists of 4 parts:
- 001: Feel | The stories that I want to tell about my digital identities and the digital life that I lived online
- 002: Talk | An annotated selection of talks with various people I know or knew online
- 003: Work | A selection of work from this series that discuss my digital identity and digital history
- 004: Archive | An archive of digital ephemera
A Love Letter to the Internet
A video performance that links to mass texts sent out to the audience. The video is a love letter to the internet, where the internet is treated as the collection of all my online friends. These friends appear throughout the video as Throughout the video, and even after the video ends, audience members will receive text messages with images or messages pulled from my personal archive of digital ephemera.
A selection of digital ephemera—long forgotten files found on old harddrives, old email accounts, abandoned social media profiles—all related to my personal journey of exploring my self identity.
My search for my identity as a transgender man is impossible to separate from the internet. Growing up in a socially conserviative society, the internet was my safe haven and my confidant. This is my attempt at archiving the best and the worst moments of my journey by presenting my own digital history in a format for people to take and keep.
This work is a physical collection of chat logs, focused around my younger self. While often ephemeral, these chat logs have been given physical form, and once committed to paper are much harder to forget or put away. It can be found at a later date by anyone, regardless of permission.
There were 5 copies of this text made—all but one were placed in bookstores and libraries, among books about history, sociology, anthropology, and plays as a manifestation of digital culture in these physical spaces.
An open Google Drive folder, giving edit permissions to everyone and anyone. The folder is an open collaboration that invites people to add their thoughts on computing, in an attempt to try give dignity to the computer. To allow the computer to be its own entity that cannot always be measured by human standards.