Digital Souvenirs Sought for the ‘Museum of Broken Relationships’

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia is seeking digital souvenirs to add to its collection.

In a collaboration with the University of Dundee’ s ‘Living Digital’ group, the museum is looking worldwide for the digital keepsakes people refuse to delete.

Souvenirs already in the collection include an email with the title ‘The End’, and an unanswered text message from one teenager to another.

The digital souvenirs will be added to a collection that already includes a number of physical items.

Researcher Daniel Herron comments:

“So much of our lives, including significant parts of our relationships, are lived online now. People meet online, they share information through social media, make and share playlists, keep photos on their smartphones.

“Much of this digital content persists after a break up and needs to be dealt with in some way. Material generated as part of a romantic entanglement can linger online long after the actual relationship has ended.

“This material can give us significant insights into how people can treat breakups, remember relationships, and move on positively in a modern, digital world.”

Contributions can be made here.