C o l l e c t e d V I S I O N S
was conceived by Lorie Novak and created
in collaboration with Clilly Castiglia, Betsey Kershaw, and Kerry O'Neill.
Launched in May 1996, Collected Visions is a participatory website that
explores the relationship between family photographs and memory.
The most significant aspect of Collected Visions is the ability to submit
images to a growing archive of family photographs and create photo stories.
You can search and view images
from the on-line database of more than 1200 images and then create and
submit live photographic essays exploring the power of family snapshots.
Changing exhibitions of selected submitted essays are presented in the
Collected Visions (CV)Gallery and
then archived in the Collected Visions
The concept for Collected Visions grew out of the photographs and installations
Lorie Novak has been creating since the early 1980s. She uses family
snapshots and images from the media to explore the relationships between
personal and collective memory. Lorie Novak curates the exhibitions
in the CV Gallery and maintains the CV Museum. Because the concept of
"truth" is a complicated one, the ownership of the snapshots
is not identified beyond what is written in the essays. The majority
of submitted stories are posted--the goal of the site is to be a place
of diverse voices.
The site continues
to grow with submissions worldwide. Submissions are made via the web
as well as at kiosks in exhibitions. The interactive components are
translated into spanish, and many of the essays are bilingual.
For more specific navigation information, please see the site
guide. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collected Visions is sponsored by the Center
for Advanced Technology at New York University.