The Memory Lane Project is an interactive installation which affords the user to engage with it and find traces of his/her memory in it.
The concept has been developed for the golden jubilee celebration of Indian Institute of
Management, Ahmedabad to commemorate everyone who has been a part of the institute.
The alumni, therefore, becomes the primary user. The installation focuses on ‘memory’
of the user. Long term memory is majorly visual in nature, and hence everything that the
installation serves to the user is visual and not textual.
Essentially, the installation is a grid of photographs which, through its affordance, invites the user to interact with it, and allows him/her to select a one. Photographs enable moments of self-encounter that allows for constructive identity-creation1. Taking leads from the selected one, the installation puts forward a set of related photographs, and thereby offers the user a nostalgic world to immerse in.
The use of Kinect camera enables intuitive gestures like swaying of hand for surfing and
spreading arms to open a photograph, thereby making the interaction very natural. The
ludic interface allows the user to play around using gestures.
Equally vital is the choice of space for the installation. The tunnel connecting the architecturally distinct campuses of IIM-A, is a metaphor for ‘going back in time’.