We Are History: A People's History of Lebanon (2010-ongoing)

We Are History: A People’s History of Lebanon is a digital storytelling experiment in handing over control of narratives, in content and form, to a computational agent – a software program that is designed to make decisions about these constructed conversations. We Are History resides online and will be circulated in booths in public spaces across Lebanon; it invites participants to listen to automated montages of oral histories of people who have lived in Lebanon since 1943. Participants are then invited to contribute their own stories, each of which is added to the archive and tagged with its transcript. By incorporating new video interviews into the pool concerning the event under discussion, the interface thus changes the previously compiled versions of conversations about the contested history of Lebanon.

We Are History

Here is a screenshot of the interface:

We Are History Interface Screenshot