Participants born between the years of 1997-2012 contributed images to our online time capsule they felt best represented their generation. Explore over 150 objects in the Gen-Z Time Capsule below.
Gen-Z Time Capsule
Explore the Gen-Z Time Capsule by theme:
Gen-Zers express powerful, playful, and poignant messages through their creative expressions in a variety of mediums, ranging from traditional to highly unconventional.
Across the expansive universe of social media, Gen-Zers continually navigate the balancing act between perpetuating public image and preserving private reality; managing positive relationships amidst cyber bullying and cancel culture; and being entertained and informed while also engaging in activism.
Politics & Current Events
When it comes to politics, social issues, and current events—from partisan dynamics to climate change to the Black Lives Matter movement to LGBTQ+ advocacy and more—Gen-Zers simultaneously use their range of voices while continuing to fine-tune them.
The beat of Gen-Zers is revealed throughout both the music they listen to and the original sounds they create, as well as how they choose to connect with music across a multitude of platforms.
Gen-Zers unapologetically curate their fashion and style, revealing their identities through clothing and accessories that often defy trends and fads.
Gen Z has rejected the stigmas widely associated with mental illness, openly sharing their personal journeys unlike any generation before them. By bringing the use of terms like “anxiety,” “depression,” and “suicide” into the mainstream they have helped facilitate advances in mental health advocacy and acceptance.
Photos & Selfies
Gen-Zers are true digital natives who have lived their entire lives on camera— their photos and selfies offer insight into how they see themselves and the world around them.
Innovation & Technology
For Gen-Zers, innovations and evolving technology are accepted facets of daily life, which they navigate with fluency and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Animals & Pets
Gen-Z’s openness in sharing their emotions extends to their deep affection for their pets and other animals.
The Gen-Z Time Capsule Zine
The Gen-Z Time Capsule Zine—designed by Gen-Z artist Mckay Martin—is one more way to explore the contents of this time capsule. Whether you view the contents digitally, or in print, the objects you find will provide numerous opportunities for reflection, research, understanding, and connection.