You might relate with Adrià Navarro and his collaborators when they explain that their daily online activity is just as meaningful as their daily activity in the physical world.
So, they created the Polaroid Cacher, a camera that captures their online lives.
It prints out photographic mementos of what they do online, kinda the same way we take snapshots of what we do in ‘real’ life. See a vid of it in action!
What would yours photograph?
Student project from Adrià Navarro and DI Shin turns an old Polaroid camera into desktop printer, designed to capture special moments in your online life - video embedded below:
The Polaroid Cacher is a camera that allows you to take traditional instant pictures of your digital experiences. It’s an ambient device, part physical and part digital, meant to address the fleeting nature of online interactions.
We believe that our daily online activity –conversations, discoveries, games– is as meaningful as our activity in the physical world and, as such, should be preserved the same way we try to capture every important moment in our life. Especially because most of this experiences will be soon forgotten, lost under layers of information, databases and outdated services.
Given the powerful association of instant photography with memories, people and nostalgia –rather than with photographic quality– we designed our camera as a fictional Polaroid product. One that captures digital media in a traditional analog format, as means to create tangible, durable mementos of our digital life.
Grandmothers giving tips on digital media. Awesome
I relate a lot to this
My fascination with design is less to do with finding solutions and much more to do with design as a cultural activity,” he says. “I’m fascinated by things like this because I think they tell us about culture. They may be ridiculous, they may be funny, but I think they say something profound about the way we think.
Sam Jacob from architects FAT talks about cultural artefacts and interestingly lists Instagram at minute 4.44.
“Like most people I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram, but I think it is an amazingly contemporary object, it tells us a lot about where we are and what we want to do with the world. I love it because it combines high technology, network communications, portable devices, processing power, algorithms, all of that stuff which is quite hard to understand because it is so advanced, but its allied with this kind of sickly, retro, nostalgia, like everything is from the seventies. I think that combination is quite revealing, I think the idea of a futuristic future must have stopped around 1982. I think the future is much more complicated, and I think digital culture explores this a lot, it uses incredibly new forms of media, techniques and tools, but often recycling elements of the past. “
Found here on dezeen.
“How does our past, and how we record it, affect our present and future?”.
“It turns out that in the era of social media, when we’re supposedly connected to anyone in the world, the network of missed connections is one of the most inefficient ones.” - I Wish I Said Hello, a project bringing missed connections back to the street.