Memori.al, 2012

A website for people who are grieving. It is designed to be used by the family and friends of anyone who has died, and it allows a user to participate in two ways: he can contribute to the database by writing a memory about the deceased, or he can read an entry previously contributed. Once an entry has been read, it is deleted from the memorial, and no longer available for any subsequent user to read. The site’s stability as a legible memorial depends on user participation: without a userbase contributing entries to the system, the site will empty itself as it is read.  The site thus memorializes life and loss equally, and recapitulates grieving by providing opportunities for it—specifically, grief as associated with remembering and grief as associated with forgetting. 

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