I'm already looking forward to participating in the Designing for Collective Remembering Workshop at CHI 2006 in Montreal in April. (Say hello if you see me!) And I'm happy that in the paper I submitted, I finally got to take a closer look at my forgetting machine.
Collective remembering and the importance of forgetting: a critical design challenge (pdf)
This paper takes the position that if the goal is to better understand designing for collective remembering, we cannot afford to overlook the importance of forgetting. Memories are understood as relations of power through which we, as individuals and groups, actively negotiate and decide what can be recollected and what can be forgotten. And without being able to decide what we can remember and forget, we are effectively left without hope of becoming different people or creating different worlds. Furthermore, these choices and decision-making processes not only relate to content generation or what data gets remembered (stored, displayed, etc.) in any given application, but they are always already embedded in our research and design cultures and practices. Ultimately, this paper argues for creating and supporting assemblies for deciding collective actions on collective matters-of-concern.