Urban Narratives: Final Concepts

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Jordan and I have been brainstorming approaches for continuing the work we’ve started on Village 360. We are taking advantage of our final assignment in the class Design for Change and using it as a opportunity to explore how this work could be used to a support a cause. Specifically a cause revolving around queerness and community.

A few weeks ago we created the following sketches in an effort to explore the potential of our work:





As a follow-up to these sketches I began to think around community. Specifically how our work is connected to community and urban space.


Thinking around how to present and curate that connection.


Honestly, I am feeling a bit stuck.

And am concerned that the leap from Nelson’s footage to Queer Communities now is too grand.

So I re-assessed the connections I was making:


And reconsidered my intentions:



And the experience I want to create:



So here it goes…

I wish to make – in collaboration with Jordan Frand and Shir David – a 2 part exploration of immersive narratives. Focusing on the potential of Augmented Reality and 360 Video to extend our perception of the physical urban space by layering alternate/past narratives and perspective into the contemporary urban environment. 

Our work will specifically focus on histories of Queerness, Community and Home in NYC’s Greenwich Village.


The neighborhoods that were important to the revolutionary queer communities of NYC are not what they used to be. Anne and I want to bring their history into the present. We hope to do so using the work of Mr. Sullivan. We intend to use immersive media such as Virtual Reality and 360 video to create an experience where parts of Mr. Sullivan’s video archive are virtually embedded into the physical space of current day New York. In this way, a user may simultaneously experience the present and past of the physical urban spaces most important to the queer revolution of New York’s past.

Because the Village is changing, due to many forces but including those of gentrification, and because it is a space that once fostered the critical trailblazers of LGTBQI rights movement we think that it’s history is worth remembering.  We wish to make this project as an effort to reaffirm current and past queer communities and to educate new local communities.


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