The classical proxemic theory defines the distance between two parties in interpersonal communication. Finding someone who’s not in the mainstream of interpersonal relationships is hard since technology has been designed for certainty. We can’t find people who have been lost in our lives but still are important to us. Through the search results of MAY, explore whether technology can also be designed for uncertainty and alternative in addition to bringing accurate data? How will the relationships between people be redefined?
Is there a person you hope to meet again someday? Someone important who once appeared in your life, but there is no way to contact and find him or her anymore.
May was the best friend of my childhood. One day she left a card with a message saying that it was her last day for class and she would always remember the days we spent together and our friendship. We continued to share our lives via email, but still, in the end, we lost contact. That day was the last time we met. Since then, I have tried to look for her on social media, but still I fail to find her.
然而，在人類學家Edward T. Hall提出的人際距離學中，並不存在像May這樣特殊定位的群體。一個不存在於人際關係主座標上，卻是我們心裏常常會想起的人。這樣的人，在關係和距離的向度中，該座落於何方？我又該如何找到他？
However, in the classical proxemic theory which defines the distance between two parties in interpersonal communication proposed by anthropologist Edward T. Hall, there is no group like May, people that are on our mind but not on the main coordinates of interpersonal relationships. Where in the dimension of relationship and distance are they located? How could we find them?
Finding someone who’s not in the mainstream of interpersonal relationships is hard since technology has been designed for certainty. We can’t find people who have been lost in our lives but still are important to us. For the reason that, I built MAY with childhood elements and combined technology as a maker.
As the form of analogy, building blocks are used as carriers to connect the current emotions with my childhood memories. Combining the analogy of finding the direction and the design of the digital position in the virtual world, I tried to use technology to find May. The results of searching her are displayed in raw data and combined with a printer that replicated the idea of fortune cookies. It prints short messages which have been published by any person who is named May on the Internet. Through the directions, results displayed on the screen, and clues from notes, I can look for May in the real world even if it’s full of uncertainty.
Every result is a little step for me to get closer and closer to her. Although I don’t know which direction will lead me to her, every one of them contains hope.
With technology, we can find people who are still in our life such as friends and relatives, but not the important ones with whom we lost connection. When the current technology has been designed for mainstream interpersonal relationships, we can only miss the time we spent with those who were once close to us but are now far away. Through the search results of MAY, not only try to find her by every little uncertainty clues but also explore whether technology can also be designed for uncertainty in addition to bringing accurate data? But even if we are still able to contact each other, are we willing to get closer in real life? While technology brings convenience and shortens our distance, it also builds a transparent wall between us. When meeting people becomes an interruption and long-sightedness also becomes the new norm, will the relationships between people be redefined?
I don’t know if May is also trying to find me or how will she look for me? I hope that one day I could find her message on one of the fortune cookie notes, so I may find her and meet her again. Every message hidden in MAY represents people who are important to you but lost somewhere in the world.
MAY is named after her name, and it also contains the meaning of maybe and blessings. You may also have a May, and may you meet your May again.
張鈺均, 《如 MAY》,