Nowadays, all our knowledge, our memories, our experiences are stored today on digital media. After a few years or decades, the information will no longer be legible. Everyone is aware that formats and technology changes and the lives of CD and DVD are short-lived, etc. A prominent example: even on the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, the original scientific data could not be read: simply because no more suitable devices were available. In 1000 years, little more of our time will be left than tombstones, a few monuments with inscriptions and sewage pipes with logo and serial number. But even our grandchildren will have fewer photographs of us than we have of our grandparents. Whatever happens to us humans in the near or distant future, whatever we make of our planet, MOM will bear witness to us and our time.
MOM - Memory of Mankind - was developed in collaboration with scientists and experts from various disciplines. The simplest way of recording and most reliable way to decrypt both images and text is in an analogous way. The most durable media has proven to be one of mankind's oldest artificial materials: ceramics. Clay plaques have been around for 5,000 years. For the MOM project, image and text are burned on plaques: photo can be seen as image and text as writing. The plaques are resistant to everything: pressure, burning heat, radiation and chemicals cannot harm the branded information.
The millions of plaques will be stored in the salt mountain of Hallstatt. Located in the midst of the UNESCO World Heritage region, Hallstatt is responsible for 7,000 years of history and now has the responsibility to preserve our history for the next 1,000 years.
The MOM project will make the most significant things of our present day permanently available. Expert panels discuss which artefacts are immortalized in MOM to leave a picture of our present day identity. In MOM, however, every single human being will have the opportunity to talk about themselves, their achievements, their thoughts or their life's work. Countless everyday stories will provide the finders of the MOM Archives with a rich insight into our time in the distant future. How exciting would it be to know the everyday life of people from ancient Egypt, the Greeks or Romans?