What a brilliant and beautiful idea! I Remember is a website created to engage the public and raise awareness and funds on behalf of the Foundation Recherche Medical in France. A mesmerizing galaxy of glowing orbs spreads before us, with a gentle, tinkling soundtrack contributing to the captivating experience of this magical digital space. Clicking on various parts of the landscape to navigate our way around, a few double-clicks zoom in on a selected area, until individual orbs can be clearly distinguished. Each one represents an image and a memory that somebody, somewhere, has uploaded to the side. I have read through a dozen or so and it is terribly addictive. The memories and photographs that random strangers have decided to share range from the silly, to the mysterious, to the devastating and the sweet. The overall experience is immersive and intimate, but also somewhat overwhelming—there must be thousands upon thousands of memories here!
The online social network represents the effects of Alzheimer’s disease—the content gradually fades away if memories are not constantly fed into the community. This adds an extra gentle push to share your own memory, which you can do very easily by uploading an image from your desk top or directly from Facebook or Instagram. Do have a look at the actual website, the screen grabs can only convey so much.