• Governments and Institutions abuse memory and monuments for political gain instead of supporting justice. This artificially increases the costs of memorial construction which denies access to our right to memory.
• The Dispersed Memorial project supports access the right to memory to victims of human rights violations by developing a low-cost, modular and self-constructing kit and a collaborative testimonial platform.
• The Dispersed Memorial has 3 phases: 1-Prototype, 2-Beta Testing, and 3-Launch. We completed Phase 1 wit h #APlaceToSayGoodbye in autumn 2020 and are currently searching for collaborators and sponsors to develop Phase 2 in spring 2022.
WHAT IS THE DISPERSED MEMORIAL?
The Dispersed Memorial is inspired by the Stolpersteine project and protest memory, and follows key concepts from the transcultural turn in memory studies, particularly Michael Rothberg’s multidirectional memory. This project seeks to counter the challenges of victim attention by proposing a low-cost, modular and self-constructing memorial assisted by mixed reality technologies which bridges the gaps between attended to and neglected victims.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Governments artificially hike the political and economic costs of memorial construction, and thus deny victims of human rights violation–and the organizations which accompany them–access to their right to memory. They create a perception of limited resources for memorialization and select which victims of human rights violations are granted access to such rights. By dividing victims those attended vs neglected, governments reappropriate both power and memory, which undermines the agency of protest and memorials.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Dispersed Memorial completed its first phase in autumn 2020, which deployed prototypes in Mexico, the United States, and Germany. Each prototype is a flat-packed DIY kit sent to communities via mail, which is easily constructed at its destination to become the hardware of the project: a piece of urban furniture. The software component is accessed through an embedded QR code which gives access to a developing platform where testimony may be contributed. Participants collectively build a database where connections and collaboration—not competition—is facilitated across diverse communities and cultures.