Sonic souvenirs: exploring the paradoxes of recorded sound for family remembering

DIB, Lina, PETRELLI, Daniela and WHITTAKER, Steve (2010). Sonic souvenirs: exploring the paradoxes of recorded sound for family remembering. In: ACM International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Savannah, Georgia, USA, 6-10 February 2010. 391-400.

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    Many studies have explored social processes and technologies associated with sharing photos. In contrast, we explore the role of sound as a medium for social reminiscing. We involved 10 families in recording 'sonic souvenirs' of their holidays. They shared and discussed their collections on their return. We compared these sounds with their photo taking activities and reminiscences. Both sounds and pictures triggered active collaborative reminiscing, and attempts to capture iconic representations of events. However sounds differed from photos in that they were more varied, familial and creative. Further, they often expressed the negative or mundane in order to be 'true to life', and were harder to interpret than photos. Finally we saw little use of pure explanatory narrative. We reflect on the relations between sound and family memory and propose new designs on the basis of our findings, to better support the sharing and manipulation of social sounds.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: Received an Honourable Mention
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
    Identification Number: 10.1145/1718918.1718985
    Depositing User: Daniela Petrelli
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2011 09:48
    Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 09:48

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