Do you remember time capsules, the boxes of mementoes, pictures, and stuff we would bury in a place and not look at at for years, if at all? Well, during my 5 months of traveling in 2011, I wanted to create a digital one, and asked for help in adding content to it.
In 2011, I was looking for digital files as I traveled 15,000 miles around the US and Canada (and a jump to Australia) -- written words, poems, original music, audio recordings, videos, animations, anything you could create that said something about that time, what you were doing, or the place you were at, you or the sounds in your back yard-- or even what you had for lunch today. Captured moments.
What I sought are not things downloaded from the web, but ones you created, that do not exist anywhere else online. I collected over 1200 photos, audio files, documents, videos, and remixes.
In 2013 I am taking the StoryBox out in the world again, starting in March with a visit to Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In each place, I will gather media, and open up the StoryBox wherever I go so others can join in as well. In my visits with educators and students, I plan to have them contribute and partake in three ways:
You can track the current status at http://storybox.jux.com/.
I am traveling with this real object, an anonymous digital collection box if you will, accesible wonly in places I am at and it is tyrned on. If you are reading this online, I have another way for you to be part of this.
All kinds of media files are welcome in the StoryBox!
The idea is to capture what life, people, places are like in different parts of the world, to share/compare/reflect.
But maybe you need some prompts. That's what I am here for.
That should get you started!
Then what? I am still not sure. At one time I thought about putting all the content back to the web, but now having traveled with the StoryBox, what makes the content special is that it is in the box. My plan is to archive the content from my 2011 travels, and create new collections as I experiment with workshops with small groups. The new goal is to ask people to remix and combine the StoryBox Content, and then publish that work onto the web.
If you have created anything from StoryBox content, please let me know via http://bit.ly/storybox-published.
Known StoryBox sightings include:
This "PirateBox" was designed as a simple, free, anonymous file sharing mechanism created by David Darts, an art professor at NYU (learn more...)
About the size of a thick paperback book, it is a self-contained web server (running on a thumb drive) and wireless router. When activated, it creates an open wireless network named "PirateBox: Share Freely". Anyone who joins it can share files (and see what has been shared). It has been called "an artistic provocation".
The main premise is to share content, that for now, does not exist anywhere else. Im my version of a PirateBox, I am looking for things that might help tell a story, hence, it is a StoryBox.
This is where the StoryBox traveled in 2011:
What was collected includes...
I am asking you to share and give away everything you put on here, and can only hope you trust me with that. Consider this a place for your second hand images, your throwaways. Put together, I am inviting other people to create new stories out of the pieces, and to release these mixes into the open web.
If you don't like these ridiculous conditions, then please disconnect and have a nice day. I admit by asking you to share in anonymity, I wont be able to give you credit. C'est la vie d'internet.
Thanks to Grant Potter for pointing out the PirateBox; Zack "NoiseProfessor" Dowell for actually building and giving me one, and Giulia Forsythe for helping frame the questions and making me some cool art like the invitation cards and stickers!