The Socially Engaged Speculative Media Initiative was begun in November 2012 with the support of a Calit2 Strategic Research Opportunity Award from Calit2 Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego. This initiative seeks to engage students and community-members in the tactical imaginary of a constantly changing social and technological present. This project is working with Calit2 artists, scientists, and technologists to develop media works and strategic interventions uncovering the emotional, psychological, and social potential inherent in speculative media.
The inaugural project of SESMI is a multi-media suite of works made for presentation at Qualcomm Institute's bleeding-edge visualization systems. The project, called Tell Them Everything / Remember Us (T2ERU), revolves around the central theme of "memory" as a critical resource to be better understood in the distant future.