Hello Visual Artists!
“MI QUERIDO BARRIO”
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora (CCCADI) has been awarded a grant from Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund to develop a mobile augmented reality project called “Mi Querido Barrio” or “My Beloved Barrio”.
”Mi Querido Barrio” is an exhibition with both physical and virtual components, mapping an historic and cultural tour of El Barrio to foster greater awareness of the cultural history of the area’s long-standing residents. The works of intergenerational artists in both traditional media and augmented reality will explore the concept of home/community in a global reality.
The physical exhibition will document the lives of 5 families with a generational history of living in El Barrio. The virtual exhibition will place virtual computer graphic artworks and environments throughout the neighborhood of Spanish Harlem as a means to reflect upon El Barrio’s past, present and future in cultural memory, history, fantasy, and reality.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
The CCCADI will be identifying five artists to participate in a workshop to learn the new technology of augmented reality and use these new skills to create site-specific virtual artworks and environments landmarking the history and culture of East Harlem/El Barrio.
We are seeking artists with a wide range of skills including strong computer and media skills, as well as artists with limited computer skills but a strong interest in bringing their more traditional artistic styles into this very spatial and experiential medium.
NOTE: the medium is still in its infancy, and there are severe limits in what you can do right now! So imagination and flexibility to adjust your concepts to fit with the medium’s limitations are very important qualifications.
These five artists will learn the technology of augmented reality in an initial workshop series that will be lead by Tamiko Thiel. The workshop series will be held beginning on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday April 6th and 7th and will continue during the evenings of the week of Aprill 8th thru the 12th with a culminating workshop to be held that Saturday, April 13th. The participating artists will then assist in helping an additional cohort of youths/artists to learn the technology later in the development and production cycle.
◦ Strong drawing or painting skills – including graffiti artists.
◦ Strong interest in installations, assemblage, collage, found object installations.
◦ Objects and small sculptures, if it is all right to photograph them and use them as 2D images.
◦ Interest in public artworks, strong spatial sense for dealing with the local environment.
◦ Video or animated movies, as this requires large bandwidth.
◦ Traditional sculptors may be frustrated, as we cannot make very complex, organic or finely detailed forms in 3-D computer graphics. Sculptures might have to be represented as cut-out photographs.
◦ Some experience with simple animations (e.g. Flash, animated GIFs)
◦ Sound editing (again simple – professional sound designers may be frustrated by low-fi bandwidth)
◦ 3D modeling programs,with experience making low polygon count models – AR cannot do high resolution models! – a game design orientation rather than a film animation orientation.
If you are interested in participating in the Mi Querido Barrio project, please send in the following materials:
The workshop schedule is now confirmed with Tamiko. Your confirmation is required in order to assure that participating artists have the full benefit of the training process. Please confirm your participation for the workshop series by return email to email@example.com. The workshop is available to a limited number of participants therefore confirmation is necessary. We look forward to hearing from you! Cheers.
Photo Credit: Regina Bultrón Bengoa
Copyright CCCADI 2013