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MUMORIES by Sophia Boschat-Thorez, Simon Browne, Artemis Gryllaki, Margarita Osipian, Karl Moubarak, Carolina Pinto, Laurence Scherz and Angelique Spaninks questions how the future of hybridity in the cultural field will evolve. Where will hybrid events take us, now that COVID-19 is all but over? And what are the best practices to avoid dying of Zoom fatigue? As part of the research project Going Hybrid MU zooms in on the question of how to make archives a living, breathing entity rather than a silent material collection of the past. The choice was made to develop an initial hybrid prototype around narrated memories of visitors, hence the name MUMORIES, an uncommon part of most cultural archives. 

MUMORIES is constructed as a simple hybrid audio installation. Visitors are invited to share their memories by speaking them into an ipad. These memories are collected and form a living digital audio archive that can eventually be listened to on site but also online. The growing collection of MUMORIES made possible by this interface literally gives voice to the immaterial impact a cultural practice like MU’s has on visitors. What words do they use to describe what they encountered? Which works stick with them and why? What did they experience in the exhibition?

MUMORIES is a collaboration of MU with The Hmm, Hackers & Designers and Varia as part of the Going Hybrid / Living Archives research project, a 24 month-long research project into the future of hybridity for the cultural field, from the Institute of Network Cultures and Willem de Kooning Academy/Piet Zwart Institute, generously supported by RAAK/SIA.

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Photos: Stephan Velema

If you'd like to be a part of this growing and living archive, we invite you to start sharing. Don't worry, if it's your first time at MU or you don't remember much, you can always opt for a prompt-driven interaction, as opposed to archive-driven. We look forward to hearing your MUMORIES.

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