I was born in the UK and grew up in the southern County of Kent. My mother is German and my father Swedish, imparting me with a wonderfully mixed upbringing. Being raised with all three languages, instilled in me a deep curiosity and respect for different cultures and the stories we use to build ideas of identity. It also instilled in me the a unique vantage point of World War Two history, as I grew up hearing stories about this time from nationals of erstwhile Axis, Allied and Neutral powers.
My father was a programmer, so I grew up in the 90s with already many computers in the house and he taught me elements of coding from an early age. I was always interested in history and folklore, influenced no doubt by endless conversations with him and my grandfathers.
I chose to pursue these interests in a Bachelors at the University of Sussex and studied Art History and Anthropology. The concept of visual language shaping our understanding of who we are and where we come from, is fascinating to me. The plurality and diversity of societies and how identities are layered, is a never-ending study. In my professional life, however, I always came back to working with technology, gaining experience with companies such as IBM in Brighton and Wessendorf Software & Consulting GmbH in Berlin.
I later chose to explore my Swedish heritage and pursue a Masters education in the Digital Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Göteborg. Here I was able to bring numerous interests together in one project, combining my interests in Second World War history, story telling and technology in an augmented reality app about Stolpersteine. I made many prototypes of this app throughout my studies, beginning in 2018.
Since my graduation in this field, I have begun working with the teacher Stephanie Mühlbauer. With her pedagogical expertise, we have contact with schools and teachers in Berlin, to encourage students to research Stolpersteine around their schools. I put the results of their research together in a walking tour app, a continuation of my Master’s thesis, which will be released once the research for the first walking tour is complete.
“To be kept alive, intangible cultural heritage must be relevant to its community, continuously recreated and transmitted from one generation to another”UNESCO