dream log (pandemic edition)

BY ALDANA VACCARO

Everyone seems to be having weird, vivid dreams since we went on lockdown and started living through the different stages of this pandemic. Whatever the cause of this flood of dreams is, this project aims to capture and interpret them visually and aurally. It explores recurring themes and emotions that emerge from our individual and collective unconscious in this unique international context. Welcome to Dream Log!

Technologies: StoryMap.JS, Vimeo 

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Measurements of isolation

BY KATE PARVENSKI

As communities across the globe adopt wide scale social distancing into daily life, we each have a new set of responsibilities when we step outside. Put distance between yourself and others. STAY SIX FEET APART, at all times. But what does six feet apart feel and look like? I wanted to ask some of my friends (from a distance) how they feel about this new kind of measurement.

Technologies: Quicktime Screen Recorder, Zoom Recorder, Vimeo

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Red Hook Living Archive

BY ANJALI NAIR

Red Hook, Brooklyn is a waterfront neighborhood with a chronicled history – from its early status as a major shipping port, to the site of the largest public housing development in Brooklyn, to its more recent development boom, which has brought condos and coffeeshops in tow. In conversation with long-term residents and activists in Red Hook, this multimedia piece explores various divisions that threaten to fragment the neighborhood from within, if not for the impressive collective resilience of its residents as they face the effects of gentrification, climate vulnerability, and government neglect. The project currently exists as a prototype, to propose the creation of a storytelling archive that collects and curates oral histories narrated by Red Hook residents. 

Technologies: Klynt

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Little pakistan – future histories

BY SANA AKRAM

“Little Pakistan—Future Histories” is a dérive in an online environment—an interactive documentary experience which aims at illustrating a neighborhood spread across three eras, each having its own rhythm—with three sets of youth engaged in transformative acts of inhabitation, organizing and resilience, taking Little Pakistan from an ethnic enclave to a concept spreading across Brooklyn and beyond. 

Technologies: Klynt / CARTO / TimelineJS / StoryMapJS

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liberty avenue

BY CANDICE JAIMUNGAL

“Liberty Avenue” aims to amplify the voices of womxn in the Indo-Caribbean diaspora communities of Queens, New York, around conversations on gender-based violence, shame, activism, and art as a catalyst for change.

Technologies: Wix CMS, Vimeo

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Dreamland

BY ANNA GEDAL

Journey back to 1904 when Coney Island was America’s amusement capital and Dreamland was its premier destination. This interactive film explores Dreamland’s unique fantasy world that championed simulation over speed. 

Technologies: Klynt, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Audition, Pro Tools, Zoom H2 Microphone

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FRanco narratives

BY EMILY KELLER and CARMEN SOTO DIAZ

On the evening of March 14, 2018, councilwomen, feminist and human rights activist, Marielle Franco, was assassinated in a drive-by shooting in Rio de Janeiro. Being a gay woman of color, Marielle was a role model and stood for giving power and expression to women and LGBTQ+ identified people under the current president of Brazil’s conservative administration who has sparked increased gender violence and homophobia in the country. Since her death, a movement of resistance against prejudice and violence has sprung up in Brazil, continuing her legacy. Women are tackling prejudice and sexism through different outlets: education and art. The Franco Narratives’ goal is to shed light on art activism work and experiences of women artists and students in their own words, their narratives. 

Technologies: Wix CMS

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parklife

BY LILLIAN XUEGE LI

Parklife is an interactive journey into Columbus Park, Manhattan Chinatown, from Summer 2019 to Spring 2020. The viewer can freely travel through time using the timeline to experience and observe the changes that have happened in this location and within its community. 

Technologies: Readymag, Premiere Pro

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QUARANTINE n CHILL

BY VEDIKA KUSHALAPPA

Over the past few months, everything has changed. Just two months ago I was in New York and now I am in India completing online classes on Zoom. It all happened so fast, leaving little to no time to process it all. Initially, I thought social distancing will get me further and further away from society, my friends, and my loved ones. Strangely, I find myself reaching out to more and more friends and family through online platforms. In this series, I ask my online community (on Instagram) to DM me a selfie of themselves taken during the quarantine, which I transform into a new composition. The visuals draw parallels between the ‘distorted’ connections we have online; the real world vs the virtual world.

Technologies: Touch designer, Photoshop and Instagram

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Project 86’d – COVID-19: Bar Industry Confessionals

BY ANDREA GRUJIC

As someone who is directly involved in the bar industry, I felt an obligation to capture at least a glimpse of what we have been experiencing as a community in the past few months. The term ’86’d’ is popular restaurant jargon for getting rid of something when an item is no longer available. The following project represents a collection of confessionals from bar industry workers – bartenders, business owners and brand ambassadors – who all feel ’86’d’ from their daily lives in one way or another. 

Technologies: Wix CMS

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