Born in Campbellton, New Brunswick,
Lives in Queens, New York
with Hal Eager, John Legere, and Marek Walczak.
Website, computer, screen
The Turns website collects and shares personal stories of life turning points. Stories are represented on the site as pebble-like shapes that can be opened, then returned to the narrative pool. Visitors to Turns can browse stories according to twelve categories, such as education, relationships, health, trauma, family, or war, or contribute their own narratives. In the "Topics" section, users can reorganize the stories by filtering them--according to ethnicity or the time at which the turning point was experienced, for example--and access related databases. People may also contribute and draw a "life map," visually representing the course of their lives.
Turns provides connections to lives lived under many circumstances and in a range of time periods. Seen through relational filters, lenses and links, one’s story is understood as part of a social memory. The site is also a reflection on the ways new media are influencing and changing notions of the individual in a social context. With its possibilities for creating networked communities and relational databases of personal experience, the Internet becomes a form of collective, social consciousness.