Designing Oral Histories in Kefalonia, Greece

Summer Residency | 2019 | Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture ︎︎︎| Collaborator: Jack Ratterree ︎︎︎

How can we design an artifact documenting sites to preserve local history and encourage community dialogue?

Predicated on interviews with the local community, four teams of multidisciplinary students proposed design solutions to save the dying tradition of generational sharing of oral histories. Over the two months, I mentored students (alongside my co-teaching assistant, Jack Ratterree) through this process while helping to develop workshops and lectures about social innovation design. Visiting lecturers included Dr. Maria Patsarika, Adjunct Professor at the American College of Thessaloniki, and Nada Abdalla, Professor at the University of Sharjah.

At the conclusion of the program, the four teams proposed interventions within the areas of educational materials, interpretive displays, information visualization and mapping, and photo-documentation.