Virtual Islands of Remembrance
Impressions of the
Off Stage Programme
From 20 - 22 May 2021, memories could be left anonymously in the form of voice messages.
Here you get a small insight:
We talked about the concept
Virtual Islands of Remembrance and what we thought of it.
Together with our guests Evgeniya and Victoria from the online funeral home emmora we talked about digital funeral culture.
Concept of the
Virtual Islands of Remembrance.
The Virtual Islands of Remembrancewere developed specifically for the Off Stage programme of re:publica 21. The challenge is to express a collective space for memories in the context of a digital conference.
We have limited ourselves to the most original form of storytelling – our language. This reduction has put the focus specifically on the bereaved with their oral memories and the exchange within the community.
Voice messages with memories of a loved one could be left around the world for others to discover.
Round interaction surfaces with atmospheric nature sounds (Credits) encouraged people to get together with people they don't know.
The centrally placed stage served as a place to arrive and as a venue for the evening talks.
The project Virtual Islands of Remembrance was a dynamic process that could only develop with you. We were very happy about the numerous feedback.
Digital Conference re:publica 21
As a young tech startup, we were represented with farvel at the digital edition of the re:publica 21 conference under the motto "In the Meantime" from 20 - 22 May 2021. Exclusively for this event, we have developed the 3D space Virtual Isles of Remembrance
A short introduction: Liz enters the virtual room. As she explores the room, she sees numerous voice recordings; each one a touching memory in remembrance of a person. Her brother Paul, who was killed in a car accident in NY a year ago, is very present to her again. She wants to capture the moment when Paul brought her flowers for her birthday, even though he had a pollen allergy. A person speaks to her about her story. They laugh and cry together without knowing each other.
"In the end, we'll all become stories" (M. Atwood). When a person dies, memories are not only retold verbally, but also remain stored on mobile phones, computers or the internet. In the Virtual Islands of Remembrance, stories could be experienced together. The abstract virtual world initiated communal exchange and thus gives collective memory a space. In addition to this experience, talks on the topic of digital mourning and memory took place every evening. Discuss with us how grief and memory can be expressed in the digital space.