About


Digitized Diasporic Memory is a graduate thesis project conceived by Candide Uyanze during her MDes in Digital Futures at OCAD University. It explores the relationship, intersections, connections, and divergences of experiences between Black diasporic people. With an understanding of diaspora as networked, rhizomatic, and tentacled, the project seeks to create a space for connection, in an environment where connection is not easily accessed or sustained. The present thesis output visualizes audio segments from synchronous and asynchronous conversations between several members of the diaspora residing across Turtle Island. Each audio node represents a response to the previous participant's contribution.

The thesis draws heavily from Le Cunff's idea of personal networked thinking and expands into collective thinking, or what can be described as mind-to-mind networks, wherein several individuals connect their ideas. “Digitized Diasporic Memory” is part database, part conversational archive, part open-access library, part collective memory bank, part digitized memory, and part chain of memories which bring to the fore the possible connections between Black diasporic experiences and narratives. It addresses the need for intra-diasporic validation, belonging, understanding across differences, and knowledge-sharing.