The First Contact Project
Remembering the Dawn
of the Digital Age
Artist(s): M. T. Karthik
Edition: 10,000 interviews
Year: 2005 - 2007
As a stunning variety of personal computing devices are introduced
more seamlessly into the lives of younger users
around the world, earlier versions of machines and software are
rapidly forgotten in a stampede toward obsolescence.
Do you remember your first computer? Your first experience with a computer?
Where were you? Who else was there? What kind of machine was it?
What features that are common today did it lack? Is the manufacturer still around?
The First Contact Project seeks to capture these memories for
posterity in the oldest and most vernacular human form: oral
storytelling, in order to create a collective consciousness and
institutional memory of human beings' first contact with the digital
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