Digital Possessions in the Museum of Broken Relationships

Daniel Herron, Wendy Moncur, Marija Curić, Dražen Grubišić, Olinka Vištica, Elise van den Hoven

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    This paper describes an interactive demo of our collaborative research activity with the Museum of Broken Relationships, one of Lonely Planet’s ’Fifty Museums to Blow Your Mind’. In collaboration with the Museum, we are currently collecting data worldwide and cross-culturally on the digital possessions individuals associate with their romantic break up, combined with the stories behind those possessions.

    Taking a methodologically innovative approach, we adapt the Museum’s existing practices to conduct research (triangulating existing small-scale interview data) whilst simultaneously generating a new collection for the Museum. In doing so, we foreground contemporary HCI questions of ownership, curation, and presentation of self after a romantic breakup to the public. The demo will exhibit the digital possessions and associated stories that we collect, whilst also giving the CHI community the opportunity to contribute to the collection in real-time at the conference, by sharing digital possessions and stories of their own romantic breakups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI'18
    Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
    Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

    Publication series

    NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


    Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018
    Internet address


    • Break up
    • Collaboration
    • Collection
    • Curation
    • Digital possessions
    • Exhibition
    • Grammars of action
    • Methodology
    • Museum
    • Relationship
    • Separation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Software


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