Bateyes II

Museo Del Barrio | 1230 5th Ave.

By Yasmin Hernandez

 

Bateyes II AR project features El Museo Del Barrio front yard as one of the spaces where during the summer the Latino community gathers to enjoy of monthly family outdoors events .

For this project the artist uses augmented reality to digitally recreate a Taino ceremonial plaza (commonly known as batey) over this contemporary urban courtyard. Bateyes II will reveal to the viewer aspects of the cultural heritage of El Barrio’s community, as well as the architectural and planning heritage that informed the layout of our communities and public spaces over time and how we still use these today. According to the artist, this project aims at encourage viewers to consider the following questions: How do spaces carry ancestral memories?

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Bateyes I

Taino Towers courtyards | 221 E. 122nd St.

By Yasmin Hernandez

 

Bateyes I AR project features Taino Towers, an affordable rental housing community. Named after the Taino, the indigenous people of Puerto Rico (and also of Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola), this building is one of the last large-scale, state-guaranteed affordable-housing complexes to have been constructed in East Harlem. In contrast to the typical public housing projects in the city, Taino Towers apartments include ample living spaces. For this project the artist uses AR to digitally recreate a Taino ceremonial plaza (commonly known as batey) over this contemporary urban courtyard. Bateyes I shows viewers some aspects of the cultural heritage of El Barrio that informed the layout of our public spaces, and encourages them to consider the following question: How do spaces carry ancestral memories?

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Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street

E. 126th Street Bus Depot

By Kearra Amaya Gopee

 

Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street AR project features East Harlem’s African Burial Ground, located at the East 126th Street Bus Depot. Though not as large or as well known as the one in Lower Manhattan, this Burial Ground is a site where peoples of African descent from all over Manhattan were buried during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In timens when the deaths of black people have become a spectacle in the digital era, Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street utilizes augmented reality to provide the viewers with a more private and intimate space to mourn. Nine Nights: African Burial Ground, 126th E. Street AR project is inspired by “Nine Nights,” the Caribbean mourning tradition where people gather at the home of the deceased for nine nights before the burial.

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The Blessed Ancestors Are Among Us

National Black Theatre | 2031 5th Ave.

By Mariona Lloreta

 

The Blessed Ancestors Are Among Us AR project features the National Black Theatre, which is housed in a beautiful building covered in relief art created by traditional artists from Osogbo, Nigeria. The Theatre has been a leader in promoting art from the African diaspora since 1968. Through a series of experimental short videos, the viewers will be immersed in an interactive experience that aims at inspiring them to reconnect and honor the ancestors among us, the essence of those who are no longer here but whose energy embraces and propels us in our lives.

To learn more about the artists CLICK HERE.