The Self Memory System Theory conceptualizes  the self as being composed of abstracted knowledge about the self, contextualized in terms of a person’s life by autobiographical knowledge and ultimately grounded in episodic memories of specific experiences.

The proposed project utilizes this theory to conceptualize an art installation that provides a space for New Yorkers to collectively remember and process the moment of crisis caused by COVID-19. The project integrates a large research study about collective memories and traumatic experiences of New Yorkers, as well as a positive transformation of these into a public visual installation, which supports collective remembering and coping.

It therefore is a mental health intervention that brings together design research, academic research in psychology, manifests in an art-like form and addresses the population of an entire city, and also functions as a memorial for a tragedy.