Memix

In 1945, Vannevar Bush, a defense engineer, hypothesized about a ‘memex’ or ‘memory extender’ machine, detailing how it could provide humans with an “enlarged intimate supplement to one’s memory”.

Memix embraces the technical aspects of Bush’s ideas, but rejects the idea that troves of easily consumed media can be considered an ‘intimate supplement to one’s memory’. By remixing images considered precious memories, it attempts to show how ‘messier’ recall of memories is more beautiful, intimate, and more akin to our memory recall.

I ran the program on my own precious memories, the thousands of images from the year of planning, travel, traditions and festivities that was my big Indian marriage. (July 2013 to July 2014)

Audience

Memix is for people who are tired of looking at the same old memories and people who feel that they are not engaged with records/archives of their memories. I think Memix provides both with a fresh way to converse with their memories/past.

Development

Memix was a project for Taeyoon Choi’s To Remember and To Forget class at ITP. In addition to reading Vannevar Bush, I was also significantly influence by Dr. William James Theory of Emotion – “We don’t see a bear, fear it and run. Instead, we see a bear and run, and therefore fear it.” – and the type of research that James’ ideas spawned, such as the work of Dr. Anthony Damasio.

I wrote Memix in Python using the PIL image processing library. Get the code on Github.