REMEMBER THIS ABOUT ME

 

For some time after a person passes there remain people who remember them. This amount of time is arbitrary and may be a reflection of fame and recognized success or humble existence. What is remembered may similarly reflect these factors. However seemingly momentous or average, both kinds of lives should be honored.  As a way to lessen the role that others play in constructing our memory in the future we can question ourselves right now: if you could interject your opinion and shape how you were going to be remembered after you died what would you say? Would you speak of your professional or personal accomplishments, family, attributes, quirks, adventures or possessions? Would you say it in a sentence or many pages? 

 

Remember This About Me was a project that existed between 1/2011 - 6/2011. It was an effort to document and gain some insight on how people would like to be remembered. By themselves, by their peers, by their families, by their lovers, by their pets, by everyone and anyone, by whoever it may be. Participants could choose to share fact or fiction. Whatever they say is a reflection of who they are and their personal myth; and in many ways is more honest and revealing than any biography or obituary.

 

Initial content used for the book & trading cards was gathered from question&answer forums like Yahoo Answers, Amazon Askville and Answerbag. A second wave of content was later added and aggregated via website (remember.thisaboutme.com - no longer live). 

 

 

A full presentation of book, website and trading cards was shown at UCLA Design Media Arts Show (June 2, 2011). Attendees were able to submit their remembrances and in a gesture of shared experience, receive a remembrance of an anonymous peer in return.

 

Remember This About Me has since evolved into a project of the same name but different medium. RTAM Archive is a digital archive of found and anonymous photographs.    >

Remember This About Me has since evolved into a project of the same name but different medium. RTAM Archive is a digital archive of found and anonymous photographs. 

 

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