"Memoirs" is an interactive installation piece. It is a memoir of the humanity's struggle for inventing home appliances in pursuit of happiness. The piece is composed of a TV brown tube panel and a Polaroid camera atop. Its antique outlook stimulates sensibility of nostalgia for old-fashioned home electric appliances. But when you take a closer look and understand how it works, you'll be surprised by the exquisiteness of the technologies implemented. As you come close to the piece, a custom made Polaroid camera automatically recognizes your face and takes a picture of you. While a physically simulated photo paper falls down and hits the pile of photos inside the virtual interior of the piece, its digital data travels halfway around the earth to a web server in a far-east country. Even the film-based photography is perishing and digital cameras are penetrating everyday objects, nothing can substitute the feeling of anticipation waiting for a photo to develop. Like bringing films to the photo printing office, taking a card with printed web address from a stack gives you a recess to reminisce the good old days.
As you stand in front of the piece, the line between the virtual self and the physical self blurs. With photos stacking up on the web server, we collectively build and share one "Memoirs" through the piece. Because of its intense and antique visual imprint, when our experience with this piece dims out, our shared childhood memories of home electric appliances will construct a Deja vu of recollection having been stayed at the same home.