Calaca 3D Model Test

Here is a screenshot of the test of the Calaca 3d model in the Central Burying Ground at the Boston Common for the Border Memorial project.

Screen capture by Hana Carpenter.

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Border Memorial GPS Data Points in Google Maps

With the help of my Graduate Assistant Jeff Soyk, we have been able to read the migrant deaths data in Google Maps and Google Earth.

We will not be making these maps public for obvious reasons, but this technical hurdle gets us one step closer to implementing the augmented reality phase of the project. Here is a short movie of the data in Google Earth.

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The Border Memorial at the Buskwick AR Intervention

Buskwick AR Intervention, The Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos in Bushwick, Mark Skwarek and John Craig Freeman.

In November 2010, a version of the Border Memorial was included in the Bushwick Augmented Reality Intervention 2010, which was part of the 2010 Beta Spaces Exhibition.

Here is some documentation.

"The Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos" installation at McKibben Park where it overlayed the park allowing viewers to walk through the project.

The Border Memorial AR Bushwick with McKibben St. industrial sand supply behind by Mark Skawarek, documentation by Will Pappenheimer.

The Border Memorial AR Bushwick with McKibben St. industrial sand supply behind by Mark Skawarek, documentation by Will Pappenheimer.

This video by Will Pappenheimer with Mark Skwarek documents the Border Memorial project during the Bushwick AR Intervention.

Will and Mark worked tirelessly on this project, and as I understand it, the work will remain up indefinitely.

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Cher Krause Knight Joins Advisory Board

Dr. Cher Krause Knight is an art historian who specializes in public art, including memorials and the earthworks of the Southwest. She is the author of Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism (Blackwell, 2008), co-chair of Public Art Dialogue (a professional organization), and co-editor of the first peer-reviewed journal on public art, also titled Public Art Dialogue (published by Routledge).

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The Border Memorial at the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) through the VPAP

As shown by Mark Skwarek & John Craig Freeman

The augmented reality work “Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos” @ Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) through the Vitrual Public Art Project or VPAP.

We captured a section of the US/ Mexico boarder where migrants passed away trying to enter the U.S. We have brought that 3d location into the gallery space with augmented reality. What we are showing at Esther Klein Gallery is a gods eye view of the projects MoMA installation. This project also exists in real world scale at the MoMA. Gallery goers are able to experience the location where the migrants passed while being in the MoMA court yard. The experience will be a scale first person perspective of the valley. If viewers walk the path through the virtual valley they will safely cross the MoMA court yard, walking around the pools of water and dodging trees and shrubbery. The work is a vivid reminder of the price paid for the U.S. way of life.

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The Border Memorial at MoMA


Border Memorial at MoMA, Photo Will Pappenheimer.

In October 2010, a version of the Border Art Memorial project was included in the historic We AR in MoMA augmented reality intervention at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Video by Mark Skwarek.

This is a video taken from the ground floor of MoMA’s garden.

The New York Times: Is That a Dagger I See?
“Just the other day, my iPhone showed me an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that most people around me didn’t know was there. Looking at the galleries through the phone’s camera, I saw a chunk of the Berlin Wall floating before me. There were faces suspended in midair in the museum’s immense atrium. Over the sculpture garden hovered a path through the desert along which illegal immigrants often die.”

Eduardo Porter, Read More.

New York Times: Is That a Dagger I See?

Perhaps even more significantly, two other major reviews of new media art in the New York Times, “The Home Video Rises to Museum Grade” and “A Show Is All Cyber, Some of the Time,” as well as, “Augmented Reality: AR uninvited at MOMA NYC,” from WIRED.

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