Nowadays, the emergency USB flash drive on the keychain has many times more storage capacity than a whole computer did a few decades ago, with gigabytes and terabytes now being followed by petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes and yottabytes as units of measurement. We are surrounded by tremendous volumes of data in our daily lives and, thanks to generous storage options and cloud solutions, we hardly ever need to limit ourselves or carefully select data anymore. But what has lasting value and significance and what should not go down in the digital flood of data?
Imagine you only had 10 MB at your disposal to secure what seems to be important to you personally. What would that be if you had to limit yourself to 10 MB? What digital message in a bottle would you like to send to the future in our “10-Megabyte Museum”? Which of your digital treasures should the museum preserve for future generations and what collective benefit could your digital object offer people living in Austria in the future?
Hands-on museum – join us in establishing a new, digital collection
The collection activity of the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology) has so far been limited to collecting cultural assets in tangible form. This new collection – the very first of its kind in Austria – is designed to also preserve the digital heritage for you and future generations.
Join us as we establish a new collection and perpetuate your digital treasures as museum objects! The only requirements: The material must be genuinely digital, meaning a digital born object, which exists only in digital form and does not exceed 10 MB in size. A maximum of 1,000 people can upload their material, so do not hesitate to show us what you believe must not fall into digital oblivion!
Possible subject areas include new technologies, climate change and energy transition, artificial intelligence, electronic music, gaming, tracking, hacking as well as net activism, such as fighting for equal opportunities, inclusion or clean energy. Also consider yet unpublished data(bases) or archives, such as fields of knowledge or interest groups that are still underrepresented at the museum, or your own digital creations like electronic compositions, video games or even self-developed software. And also think of everything we might not have thought of; we look forward to being surprised by your input.
Digital technology in the exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus crisis
Our lives are currently dominated by the coronavirus crisis, and this new reality of life should also be represented accordingly in our digital message in a bottle. During the coronavirus crisis, the major focus of the digital collection in our “10-Megabyte Museum” is placed on technology in your daily lives. As a museum of science and technology, we know (as it has been the case for centuries): New technologies also always give rise to new needs we were unaware of before. In response to these new needs, in turn, new technologies are developed. In the past, we used to make phone calls using a telephone set, but how would we survive the coronavirus crisis without smartphones and their diverse range of applications? Has the more extensive use of new technologies also created new needs in your case?
What influence does technology have on your social contacts, work and studies? Who are included and who are excluded? Does gran know how to use Skype and do all pupils in the class actually have a computer at home? How do you live with the restrictions on mobility, travelling, sports and exercise? Do you find an online yoga course helpful or are you dreaming of beaming yourself away? Do you cook, bake, do arts and crafts, play games or make music? How do you experience the “smart home” during the crisis? Is your smart fridge still talking to you? Do you tend to panic-buy and what do you think of deep-frozen food? Have you discovered your hidden DIY gene? Do you watch Netflix or ORF, or both? Do you prefer board games or video games? Are you running the risk of becoming addicted to gaming?
How do you deal with concerns, illness and loss of control? How do you cope with the unsettling situation of having to spend time at home while receiving daily news of tragedies and deaths? Who do you trust and do technology and science really help reduce uncertainties?
But most importantly: What makes you happy and what makes you confident? And what would you like to tell future generations about the peak of the crisis? How should we and others remember it later on? Your experiences and thoughts, your changed everyday lives and how you feel about and use technology in daily life in this exceptional situation are all part of the story. Help us tell this story!
In the collection area entitled “Exceptional circumstances in the coronavirus crisis”, we also only include genuinely digital material into the “10-Megabyte Museum”. Show us with a digital medium what influence technology currently has on your everyday lives or share your digital creations with us! Again, we look forward to receiving your creative ideas!
In addition, we invite you to share this thought experience and your digital treasures in social media. To this end, use the hashtags #10MB #tmvienna #technischesmuseumwien or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram.
Should you have any questions concerning content, please contact Martina Griesser-Stermscheg (Head of the Collections Department) at .