A text forgetter is an invaluable tool

Forgetter is a JavaScript tool that takes a text input and ouputs the same text, minus a few of its words. Words can be either dropped, so they disappear completely, or erased, which means all their component letters are substituted by blank spaces.

What to do with it: obtain several versions of the same text by running it a few times through the forgetter. These can be distributed to a group of people who may attempt to collectively reconstitute the original text, thus enacting the procedure of collective memory.

Forgetter was made for a session of the Baldio Translation Group, where I was given the word “forget” to work with. The research process is documented here.