Telling Traces explores the telling and passing on of oral family histories. The mobile app allows users to navigate our dymaxion world map in an attempt to eliminate the North / South bias. The app presents migratory trajectories through oral histories by using GPS and physical movement through space.

As the user approximates key points on the map in their physical environment, they move from city to city, country to country, continent to continent on our subjective world map, triggering oral family stories. Each location offers migration narratives, told and translated into various languages. The user listens to audio and watches accompanying video related to Middle-Eastern Diaspora, while forming their own oral and physical trajectory.


Link to the mobile app here:



Project, Camera, Location Sound, Design, Edit: Aisha Jamal, Sarah Shamash
Mobile App Developer: Rob Scharein
Audio Post-Production: Inaam Haq
Mobile App Logo Design: Carlos Colín 
Additional Ambient Sound Recording: James Webb
Translations and Voice: Dima Alansari & Annie Sekkab (Arabic), Carmel Amit (Hebrew), Sebnem Ozpeta (Turkish), Sarah & Yom Shamash (Portuguese), Gina Jamal (German, English), Hasina Jamal (French), Amina Jamal (Pashtu)

A special thanks to the women in our family who shared their stories with us. We would also like to thank Carlos Colín, Yom-Tov Shamash, Martin Zeilinger, James Webb.


This project was made possible with the support of a Canada Council for the Arts travel grant, a BC Arts professional development grant, and the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant. We would also like to acknowledge Makan Art Space and the Vancouver Park Board, Artist Fieldhouse Studio Residencies in Parks.


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