May 24, 2002
Finally a place where even.
Beyond Found Magazine, as if it needed anything beyond it, is In Passing, a site which is a kind of auditory Found. Finally, a place where even the things that we say and hear can be put in jars, filtered through nested taxonomies, and, natch, commented upon by strangers.
All important collaborative steps on our way to a little something we call memory augmentation.
Posted by at May 24, 2002 03:52 PM
the idea of jars of the audio past made me think of the stunning voicemails at psychoexgirlfriend.com. Like nails on a chalkboard.
Moreover, actually. In Berlin there is the Stasi museum, the fine memorabilia of East Germany's fumbling but high-quantity secret police. It's a lot of filing of what has been said and done, putting Found mag and In Passing -- and even Psychoexgirlfriend -- to shame.
Hands down: the finest part of the exhibition is the jars -- I mean real ones, glass jars -- with little pieces of cloth in them. These contain small samples of people's clothing or upholstery, sealed airtight to preserve their scent, in case, let's say just for example: dogs were tracking them down through open fields.
It's several thousand jars (though only a few on display) with neatly printed labels of the name, address, and some other data, and then, inside, a little swatch of denim, or suede, maybe.
Memory augmentation, indeed.