Memory Cloud Detroit
Memory Cloud is based on the ancient practice of smoke signals – one of the oldest forms of visual communication. Fusing ancient and contemporary mediums, Memory Cloud creates a dynamic hybrid space that communicates personal statements as part of an evolving text, animating the built environment through conversation. Interaction is facilitated through mobile phones allowing for an open, personal and accessible medium for collective participation. Through this conversational form of interaction, public space transforms into a dynamic stage of observation and experience.
In October of 2011, the Detroit Institute of Art was home to the first American performance of Memory Cloud. The project the people of Detroit an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the city. This interactive space animated the DIA Woodward Entrance with stories collected from the public. During the two weeks leading up to the event, messages consisting of memories, stories and personal aspirations for the city of Detroit were collected and archived on-line at www.voiceofdetroit.com. Each individual expression was part of a continuous story about the city, a narrative written by participants over the duration of the project transforming the steps of the DIA into a dynamic space for communication. Audience members were also able to contribute messages via text-message during the performance each night. These collected text messages have been added to the Voice of Detroit archive, becoming part of an evolving diary and a voice that speaks of Detroit's past, Detroit's present and Detroit's future.