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October 2010

SMITH Mag and Triple Base Gallery set up a "Six-Word Wall" in the DIY Tent during San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival. For two days, hundreds of festivalgoers, writing in at least three languages, shared a little bit of their lives on a wall of Six-Word Memoirs. As the day went on, the wall got bigger and bigger—and then we tore it down in order to start with a blank slate the next day. Some of the memoirists then took their words over to one of Triple Base's artists-in-residence-on-Treasure-Island, who created "Six-Word Rally Signs" for what was a wearable, moveable memoir effect. You can view the whole beautiful scene over at our Flickr set.

When asked about SMITH's Six-Word Memoirs, I often tell people that sharing those six little words is easily done here: simply type, publish, and share. But those short, short life stories can be explored through different mediums—such as a "river" (of sorts). Launched by three RIT faculty members—Xanthe Matychak, a visiting lecturer in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Michelle Harris, an assistant professor in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and Andrea Hardy, a First-Year Enrichment instructor—created what they call "River Memoir." It caught the attention of creative minds at the World Maker Faire in New York City, where the project was recently showcased.