The Uniform

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THE UNIFORM

Based on the socio-cultural implications of the importance of memory, The Uniform taps into dialogue surrounding data surveillance, visualisation and storage. It explores the potential new systems that could emerge in order to evaluate the memories of individuals.

A group of new inhabitants have begun a settlement on The Island after having to leave their conflict-ridden homeland. Sentimental attitudes towards their former way of life and determination that future generations should not suffer a similar fate result in everyday rituals that emphasise the need for remembrance. Immigration is strictly controlled: only those who are able to contribute required skills and memories may be allowed to live on The Island.

It is from this that a memory-based social hierarchy arises, supported by systems that evaluate memories according to stipulated parameters: rarity, clarity and age.

The Council decides if entry should be granted to new applicants according to how well they perform during this initial evaluation. New arrivals and their families undergo Probationary for three to six months, after which their case is reviewed. If all goes well, they join one of the other classes: The Council, Honorary or Established depending on their perceived value to the community.

The Uniform reflects this class system. Because of the value of their memories, The Council members wear a suit of fine copper mesh to deter memory theft via MRI scanning and signify their exclusive status. Those belonging to the Honorary and Established classes wear suits that offer partial protection while Probationary citizens receive none at all. Although the suits do serve a functional purpose for the upper classes, they are primarily a form of visual identification across all societal ranks.