Save As

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Save As

From Facebook to Flickr, as we reach out to share what moves us most in an expanding web of social networks, we risk drowning in a sea of content. This led Maya Ben David to create Save As: a creative, interactive platform to translate online experience into tangible objects. How does it work? Anyone can upload content relating to world events that has made an impact on them personally. Designers curate this source cloud of content, weaving it into a gallery of virtual objects that can be selected for printing in 3D. In this way, each printed object becomes a symbolic, physical embodiment of our ongoing digital narratives. The objects can outlast the digital lifespan of the data they represent, becoming enduring incarnations of our most important memories. Putting her system into practice, Ben David searched the internet for content that best defines her feelings about significant recent events, such as the Arab Spring. She selected photos, YouTube movies and twitts as a basis to design a memorial vase. Together, such objects could be exhibited as a collection of communal ‘figures of memory’; providing a visual, 3D commentary on global events as experienced on the internet.

Maya Ben David