A Mirror For Remembering

A Mirror for Remembering is a major new virtual reality artwork by Alex May. The artwork explores the complexities and growing necessity to address the preservation and permanence of the digital artefacts that form an increasing part of our everyday lives.

Taking you on a journey through a series of immersive 3D environments comprising stylised digital scans of historic museum objects, the artwork encourages audiences to consider how both physical and digital artefacts are not static: they bring stories to life, are continuously changing, decomposing, and require specialised care. This commission has been made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council England funded Kent Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation and utilises the extensive collections held by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

What do we save in an age of big data, who should make these choices, and how will these choices alter perception of culture for future generations? 500 hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube alone and daily ‘fake news’ stories are propagated mostly unchallenged throughout the media and across social media while culturally important digital artefacts and resources regularly disappear through technical failure and lack of funding and support. “A Mirror For Remembering” explores these urgent issues through the lens of challenges faced by physical museums in the age of digital artefacts.

Alex May
a mirror for remembering - digital preservation artwork

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Artwork Technical Details

The artwork is a 3D, 360 degree video (duration 9:50) that is designed to be experienced through a Virtual Reality (VR) headset including Oculus, and Vive, or on a mobile phone supporting a stereoscopic viewer such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.

It features a soundtrack with voice-over (currently in English only) that takes the viewer through the various scenes of the video.

The experience is a perfect introduction to virtual reality for people who have never tried it before and avoids any motion sickness or sudden changes, allowing all visitors to be fully immersed in the message of the work.

Further Information

A Mirror For Remembering has its own website at http://amirrorforremembering.com/