A Living Documentary: Sharing Testimonies of Forced Sterilizations
Intergenerational collaborative projects can raise global awareness or consciousness about severe social, ecological and cultural issues and problems. That is particularly the case when a used or developed technology meets the needs of the community involved. A great pioneering example was the NoiseTube project launched at Sony CSL in Paris and continued at our university by Matthias Stevens and Ellie D'Hondt. The most striking example of late is the Quipu Project.
The Quipu Project collaborates with rural communities affected by Peru's sterilization campaign to develop a communication system that enables these people to tell their stories to the world using mobile phones. The project's aim is to collect and share the testimonies of some of the 300,000 women and men who were forcibly sterilized in the 1990s. The interactive documentary that resulted from it is inspired by the Quipu, an Inca communication system of knotted threads and created a collective string of oral histories.
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