At the beginning of the this project, my initial motivation is based on our experience that most aspects of our daily lives have been changed by network. Digital content as a new medium has been used widely as memorials to remind a person, an event or a period of old time. Since all the date probably will exist a much longer time than our life. It becomes a first time in the human history that we could be a history registrar of ourselves and talk to the future in an easy and simple way. When I was traveling from Tibet to India since I was interesting in Buddhism at that moment. During the trip, I had some chances to visit and talk with some followers of the Buddha. By chatting with them, a basic Buddhist philosophy caught my interest. They believe a philosophy that the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, return to live in a new creature body, which could be a new human body or an animal depends on your sins in present life. There are several precepts that all followers of the Buddha must observe if they hope to be reborn as a human being. Although there is no any clue to approve the reincarnation exits or not, the ethics influence their daily life. By visiting them, I was thinking the relation between the spirit, memories and data.
Actually, the first thing I found from research is that human memories are not just data system. They are much more completed. A number of research revealed when we recollect our past, such constructions are often inaccurate, they are changing all time, depend on our new memories and circumstances. So, the data we record and store with the system are better thought of as cues to trigger memory processes and help people to re-experience the past.
There are three main reasons that why people like to keep things.
1. Defining themselves and framing the family, like their photos no matter whether they are shown in public space ot hidden way in attic.
2. Connecting with the past. This reason is my main focus in the research and ideation section.
3. Forgetting, just because they are out of sight or they are not deleted.