Barrio Art, Music and Popular Culture
Monique’s 108 Lounge
Monique’s 108 Lounge, 181 E. 108th St.
Monique’s 108 Lounge: This place is known to be a spot for people to congregate to dance and watch live performances of Latino music. It is also a popular meeting place for people during the Puerto Rican festival and parade. I would like to talk about this venue as having a value within the community but also to tell the story of trying to maintain a culturally rich location when gentrification is on the rise and closing is a constant threat. I have access to the owner and will talk to him about the project and ask what he would like to be included in the augment as well (to see what will benefit the lounge the most).
To learn more about the artists visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio
STEP 1. Download the free Blippar app.
STEP 2. Choose an AR site/project from the Mi Querido Barrio map. Once you are at the selected location, identify your marker.
STEP 3. Open the Blippar app in your phone and scan the image or object you wish to activate.
Wait a bit as you blipp. The content can take a few seconds to load.
Make sure the image/object is well lit, using the flash feature if necessary.
Make sure to hold your device steady as you blipp.
With this particular AR site/project: Stand on the curb and point at the large purple mural. If you don’t have access to the physical marker, use the image marker on your Mi Querido Barrio Augmented Reality Guide, or visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio.
Bianca DeJesus was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is Puerto Rican and Dominican but identifies with all of the Caribbean and other places of the African diaspora; consequently, she is very much a student of the world. DeJesus’s work often addresses the complex issues of power, romance, “race,” gender, colorism, and body image, and the relationships among people, their words, and their surroundings. She intends her art to convey vivid emotions that evoke a line of questioning. Her academic background is in writing, and poetry plays a part in everything she does, as does the idea of having a “story.” DeJesus wants her work to uplift rather than to condemn, and to draw attention to those who are often overlooked, utilizing the literary idea of magic realism. She draws inspiration from her ancestors as well as from strangers and family members she observes.
DeJesus attended a small liberal-arts college in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was introduced to the art of collage and began to explore drawing and watercolor. She graduated with a B.A. in English, minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as Africana Studies. Bianca is now pursuing her M.A. in New York. She recalls visiting the islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic as a child and feeling an intense connection to those places as being her true home, although she never lived there. Her Mi Querido Barrio “augmented reality” project is a physical manifestation of that bond, focusing on the brightness and perseverance of the individual faced with a neighborhood’s gentrification.