Experiential Manufacturing explores ways that autobiographical data might be used to imbue physical objects with personal significance through. By learning from the ways that everyday objects embody memory through wear or damage, it seeks opportunities for such autobiographical data to inform aesthetic characteristics with tacit meaning, rather than treating it as something to be 'known about’.
The project used design research methods like interviews, ‘show and tell’, and probes. It culiminated in the design and deployment of the Earthquake Shelf. Working with one participant's memories of experienceing an earthquake, the shelf damaged objects in response to live, remote earthquake events occuring in the same location as the participants original experience. This lead the participant to reflect on the interplay between memories, data and their material environment.