For Family Portrait, my mother, father, and I located the earliest digital traces of ourselves that we could find. The texts found ranged from a Live Journal entry about raves and a first gay experience, to an email with a childhood friend, to a conversation about renting a cabin for a yearly fishing trip. Each one of us recorded ourselves speaking the conversations for the first time. These portraits represent both the earliest moments of the digitization of ourselves as well as the first time these memories have been re-enacted in an aural space.
Family Portrait is an installation that represents echoes of digital existence. It shows the constraints of each platform on which our narratives get formed in this digital age and shows how our technology is shaping not just us but our history.