The StoryBox is a digital time capsule I took on a 15,000 mile trip around the USA and Canada in 2011. Based on the PirateBox technology developed originally by NYU professor David Darts, it is a self-contained digital exchange that advertises itself via a local ad hoc wireless network. People in the vicinity have the ability to anonymously share and download digital content but since it is not on the Internet, the only place to interact with it is while in its vicinity. The idea of it here is (1) to contribute digital artifacts which capture a sense of place and “now” and (2) explore what happens or what one can make of a collecting or examining a collection of media with no context.
See Storybox sightings for my other experiences with this idea.