The proliferation of mobile devices has enabled new narrative forms, and the Memory Traces project aims to explore the potential of digital storytelling. Memory Traces, an interactive collection of stories from the Boston Italian American Community, was done in collaboration with the Italian Consulate of Boston in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.
The Mobile Experience Lab interviewed prominent 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Italian American immigrants, including Mayor Menino, and produced 150 episodes that relay their memories. The Memory Traces site visualizes these stories overlaid on a map of the city. In addition to being geo-located, stories can be explored by person, time, period or theme. The mobile application lets users follow the stories as they travel through the city of Boston, blending digital storytelling with the physical urban environment.
See the project at: http://locast.mit.edu/memorytraces/