The AIDS Quilt Touch Project at SXSW in Austin
From The New School News:
“South by Southwest is unique in that it brings together musicians, filmmakers, engineers, and designers who are creating from the ground up,” says Anne Balsamo, chair of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement. “It’s a cross-disciplinary and democratic approach that attracts independent thinkers, makers, and artists, making it a great place for The New School to be.”
Balsamo will present the AIDS Quilt Touch digital experience, a suite of mobile and web apps based on the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The project is supported by Microsoft Research and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Designed and developed at the University of Southern California, the University of Iowa, and Brown University, AIDS Quilt Touch uses data and technology to make the public arts project more accessible than ever. Using AIDS Quilt Touch, the work is searchable, and by zooming in on a specific panel, the viewer can read the vital statistics and biographical details about the individual being honored.
“With the AIDS Quilt Touch experience, we’re demonstrating how art, culture, and history can be enriched by advances in data visualization,” says Balsamo. “It’s thrilling, important work that enables us to introduce this work of cultural heritage to a new generation, and reintroduce it in a different way to people who have encountered it before.”
So visit Booth 425, beginning March 8, to learn about Media and Design at The New School, and to explore AIDS Quilt Touch digital experience.