Forget without fear.
Reflect when the time is right.
Oublié/trouvé is a hardware/software system built to support anyone searching for a new aspect on her past. Built on Marcel Proust’s decades-long exploration and self-interrogation from a cork-lined room, O/t puts into practice Dr. Roger Shattuck’s research into time, memory, forgetting and the optical principles behind a modern self-understanding.
The system allows anyone to create meaning reflexively from any location — at any time.
Multiplicity now brings not confusion but dimensionality and depth.
— dr. roger shattuck, researcher
Unlike other memory systems that promise to leverage the new powers of computing and sensors to provide you with the most complete archive possible, O/t promises only forgetfulness and ambiguity. We know that only when recollections are separated — in time and in space — can we gain the perspective and depth characteristic of moments of inflection.
How it works: in short.
Any time you are recollecting hard or feel a frisson of nostalgia, save the moment with the object or on your phone.
Once a threshold is reached, O/t uses GPS, atmospheric factors, a little something special to identify resonant groupings.
Check in on concordances when it feels right or let the Object suggest good times to you. Consider what you see and then keep on truckin'.
A little note about data.
Your data is always private in O/t. In fact, it may not be right to call it data at all. The phone app allows you to review moments via concordance visualizations that adhere to best practices for emotional privacy and autonomy.
You can annotate moments, but the text will never be removed from your phone or stored anywhere else. Delete the app and your moments and notes are gone forever.
An object to cherish and to destroy.
You shouldn’t have to open your phone to interact with yourself. Though the full O/t app is available on your phone, the primary system interface is with the Object. It can be used to mark moments of inflection — just press the button — and as a reminder that concordances are out there waiting.
Made at home from plaster or concrete, the Object is pleasant to hold and a great fidget toy. The shape at the top can be revised for a finger-feel suited to the maker. The Object takes on a patina as time passes and may break and have to be remade.
Create depth with concordances.
Once the app is populated with a base threshold of moments, it really starts to shine — with concordances. These groupings pull together moments that are related, but not too closely. Maybe they each occurred at a location of the same elevation or the same distance from your starting point. Maybe they just have a certain something special in common. Explore these groupings by list or by visualization — nothing big, just a little illustration to consider.
What it's like.
We solemnly promise never to make you better. We only want you to be yourself.
— sarah ghp, creator
How do I identify a moment of inflection?
While the experience can be different for everyone, a moment of inflection is moment when we begin to see previous recollections overlaid on current life. When a smell, a sound, or windy park bring to mind a moment you can’t believe you forgot — that is a moment of inflection. When your skin tingles and you feel a little overwhelmed — that’s a sign. When all your mistakes and false trails reveal a new facet — that’s the time.