In 2006, Jake Barton of the interactive media design firm Local Projects received a challenge unlike any other: to create the installations for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which will open in 2014, with Thinc Design. September 11 is not a historical event made safe and sterile by the passage of decades and centuries. Today is just the 12th anniversary of 9/11, and it is still very much an open wound. As Barton explains in yesterday’s talk, Jake Barton: The museum of you “You can’t have just a historian or curator narrating objectively in third person about an event like that when you have the witnesses to history who are going to make their way through the actual museum itself.”
The museum’s approach: to open up curation for the installations in an open-source platform called “Make History.” Make History invites people across the globe — both those who were at the World Trade Center that day, and those who watched the tragedy unfold from afar — to share their photos, videos and stories of September 11. The museum will also make use of oral histories — in fact, the opening gallery of the museum, called “We Remember” is an audiovisual collage of museum visitors answering the question: “Where were you on 9/11?” Watch Barton’s talk to see what the experience of the gallery will be like.
While the 9/11 Memorial Museum itself won’t open until spring of 2014, Make History is currently available online and includes 17 videos, 524 stories and more than a thousand photos which anyone can browse, in galleries or in Street View. Anyone is invited to share their story here.
Below, a selection of some images from Make History.