More about Mnemosyne, 2011
'Mnemosyne is an attempt to combine an actual experience with a virtual one by enabling an object to connect to the Internet through mobile technology.
Quick Response (QR) barcodes are similar to the barcodes we find on most products in the supermarket. They function as a link to factual information; I was interested exploring their potential for story telling.
To begin with, I generated a QR code and then extruded the resulting 2-dimensional image into a 3-dimensional form using CAD software. This was then given the shape of a traditional jewellery box. So the idea is that the owner can scan the Mnemosyne with a Smart phone barcode reader App, which then connects to a website page where stories can be told, memories stored, photos deposited, sounds locked away, thereby creating a simultaneous actual and virtual experience.
I plan to offer a series of similar pieces where the QR code is generated for a client linking the piece to information specific to that person. So, as heirlooms, the virtual experience could tell the story of the journey of that object as it is passed through the generations.'
- Michael Eden