Transgenerational Transmission machine (2015)

TTM is a playful interactive framework for a collaborative creation of a piece of art. It playfully seeks to engage participants across generations to express themselves in a variety of ways and embrace the generational differences in the participants understanding of technology.

The project builds on the notion of transgenerational transmission and an archiving of the intangible. It works with how behavior and stories are being passed or can be passed on across generations. It is, in it’s use, embodying the archiving of stories and the intangible present moment and deals with the problems of digital archiving.

A long loop of paper rolling around inside the machine is constantly being overwritten and redrawn by participants as the paper orbits in the rather complicated construct (see image). This continuously creates new layers on top of each other and a dynamic user generated archive - a metaphor for our mind, memory and identity – the stories we tell and retell about ourselves and identify with, which continuously gets distorted over time.

The design translates a part of the transgenerational theory of Lieberman, as a design principle, in which he explains the 4 learning stages of a child’s communicative skills: 1) Bodily gestures (body language) translates into a beamer projected interactive painting on the back of the paper roll. 2) The behavioral language is translated into that of making the machine it self run, by turning a handle. 3) the voice (spoken language) translates into the dripping of paint by talking into a microphone. 4) Abstract language (writing and drawing) is directly printed onto the loop of paper by a child with the pens attached to the machine.

The project was exhibited at the Somatic Archiving Symposium (2015) arranged by living archives

An article focusing on a particular part of the early design process was accepted at the SIDER 2015 conference in. Download it here