THE GREY DIGITAL DIVIDE
The project is twofold – the first layer is about history – the trace and evidence of the past. Looking at the way in which the past is documented and the way in which fact is documented. I question how – through the idea of knowledge exchange – how much of history is factual and then subsequently about the importance of first-hand knowledge.
The second layer of the project is also dealing with trace and evidence – but through the notion of life and memory – linking this to the largest and most time experienced age group in Japan – the elderly. From a more philosophical point of view I went on to explore the notion of the self as a legacy to be continued and questioned: when one forgets their past – who/what is to say it did happen.
Questioning “the existence of fact through memory” (George Orwell)
In my project I bring together the duality between the ageing population within Japan and the notion of knowledge exchange and recording history. Within the project – the form plays with that same duality of hard surfaces (facts) and soft inflatable (memories) in is a series of open and enclosed spaces.