a living digital memorial for natural and cultural heritage
How might we memorialize and find solace in the memory of places that are special to us?
Skills and Tools:
Products of Design, SVA, 2016-17
Patina is inspired by the rhetoric around the struggle faced by the Standing Rock Sioux, other indigenous peoples, and their allies over the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline on sacred indigenous ground. In September of 2016 at a solidarity rally for Standing Rock in New York City, one of the speakers said ‘We have to protect the memory of the land.’ What does the land remember that we have forgotten?
Patina directly empowers individuals to share their own stories through peer-to-peer platforms. The mobile app is a "digital memorial" comprised of photographs, video, and audio—all tied to the geo-location of the user. The timeline feature puts the tangible changes to the user’s environment over time into high contrast. Content is user-generated, but posts are made public only after 10 years have passed. Patina is a living eulogy and an ever-growing tribute to the sights, sounds, and experiences that we have lost or will lose on our only home, Earth.