Augmented Reality. New York, 2016.
Commissioned by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) to join the creation of a virtual tour of El Barrio/East Harlem using augmented reality technology (AR) to highlight the neighborhood’s historic significance and its present-day struggles to persevere. With her AR project, Mariona aims to foster greater awareness of the cultural history of the area’s landmark locations that identify the unique places of East Harlem.
Mariona Lloreta’s The Blessed Ancestors Are Among Us Augmented Reality piece features the National Black Theatre, which is housed in a beautiful building covered in relief art created by traditional artists from Osogbo, Nigeria. Located on East 125th Street with 5th Avenue, the Theatre has been a leader in promoting art from the African diaspora since 1968.
Through a series of experimental short videos featuring two Caribbean dancers and one Nigerian-American actor, 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.
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