The participants have begun the design and build stage of this EVA project in which they’re bringing together selected artifacts and sound recordings in a special container they’ve chosen. The finished Life Story boxes are being personalized by each maker. They will have physical and digital elements and may contain objects which have triggered stories which can then be heard, through headphones, at the touch of a button or lift of a flap within the box. They might include photographs, layered images on acetate, objects with meaning to participants, film clips.
The Life Story workshops began in 2011 when groups of elders at three memory cafes in South Devon: Babbacombe, Bovey Tracey and Totnes began meeting regularly with Devon artist Kate Green. During this time they’ve been bringing together materials, special memories and, more significantly, their thoughts for the future for inclusion in their boxes.
The containers being transformed include a five-level cantilever sewing box, an old silk-lined suitcase, a wooden tool box, a trinket box with multiple drawers, an old vanity travel case and a metal photography kit case. The ultimate beneficiaries include the participants, their families and friends. However, AHA is investigating options for a public exhibition of the Life Story boxes in late spring 2012. Watch this space for more information.