Eight Million Stories – Science and the City Hackathon
We would like to create a structure implementing a dynamic (on-going) framework which would allow for the exploration of original, personal accounts of the contemporary immigrant experience in New York City.
This would be a web-based technology utilizing the technologies of Google Glass, the Internet connectivity, and the living histories of individuals within the environs of the Tenement Museum.
The first stage of this project’s development is to get Google Glass technology onto the heads of interviewees and have them record their experiences. In our pilot test, we approached community members while walking through the neighborhood. This approach met with less than enthusiastic support for a number of reasons;; not the least of which was healthy New York suspicion.
We believe that this resistance could be easily overcome by the selection of pre-qualified individuals. This would be done through select, key community volunteers (e.g. Meals on Wheels, social workers, religious community outreach). Individuals who are already entrenched in community outreach initiatives are best suited to select individuals who are both willing and able to participate in this project.
The second aspect of the project would be virtual (off-site). Editing of videos, web crafting, and related coding would be done at the homes/offices of the artist-developer.
We believe that this program will promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of a variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on the Lower East Side in an ever-expanding definition of the past .
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Salkin, Allen (June 3, 2007). “Lower East Side Is Under a Groove”. The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved October 6, 2012
The purpose of the experiment :
- Archive oral history of the elderly
- Embed personal histories in locations
- Weave a living architecture with the collective memory of the city
- Nurture a sense of belonging to NYC
- Successful interviews. One told us he barely goes out from his house even to have acup of coffee and a dinner. Another spoke about what the flavours of old kornishvanished already.
- Google glass captured the narrators’ viewpoints even though we are not sure howit’s different from video cameras.
- Developed an initial prototype for a website for storing the memories.Failures
- Approached eighteen potential subjects yet only three individuals put google glasson
- Majority showed strong resistance to this new technology, ‘google glass’
- Only two gave us a successful interview
- One location we were asked to leave they suspected we promoted google glass.
- Google Glass (GG) has market recognition
- Older New Yorkers on the Lower East Side are not open to talking to strangersThe future improvements:
- Find a community willing to tell the stories
- Ask volunteers to participate in this project
- In citizen science projects, data criteria should allow crowdsource analysis.What this project could bring to the Tenement museum
● As an institution that preserves the history of immigration to America such as the
Tenement Museum could benefit from using this kind of approach to capture the histories of elder inhabitants of Manhattan’s lower east side, before the rapid gentrification process, erase the last living memories of the immigration process that forged New York’s identity.
You tube links of actual interviews
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shs0ePrFvJY&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC0Qj2WQa6g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jADViPPB0N4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtcsANyFUQU
In order to create narrative landscape we mapped the videos of the interviews.
Site: https://c9.io/mx229/google-glass-itp-stories/workspace/site/index.html Backup Site: http://itpstories.site90.com/