Statuevision DC Team

Ali Momeni, lead artist and faculty at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art, conceptualized Statuevision, designed and implemented the necessary hardware and software for realizing the work, and formed a team of research assistants from Carnegie Mellon to assist in the creation and performance of the work.

The Washington DC iteration of this project was realized through collaboration among several institutions and individuals:

The participating research assistants contributed to the following components of the work:
Performers:
− Claire Hentschker
− Priya Ganadas
− Miles Peyton
− Daniel Pills
− Kaitlin Schaer
− Lauren Valley
3D Modeling:
− Rob Hacket (external to Carnegie Mellon)
− Claire Hentschker
− Lauren Valley
Social and Learning Media Design
− Claire Hentschker

Capitol Hill Montessori

Statuevision explores learning through creative engagement with public history. By working with the community, Statuevision is able to bring together a cross-generational audience for the creative retelling of DC’s history through the eyes of school children as mediated by animated projections.

Not only was Statuevision DC a public performance, it also became a learning platform on three levels.

1) The Statuevision team worked with teachers at Capitol Hill Montessori to fabricate materials that were used for teaching students about the history of DC through the figures represented in the statues and monuments that the children see every day.
2) On the night of the performance, the school children taught passersby about the statues they had learned about, and in turn, continued learning through their interaction with the audience, who shared information about the statues they too had come to know.
3) Trading cards and individual Facebook pages were created for each statute, containing all media content and historical information collected by Statuevision. This collateral material became publicly available online for any students interested in learning about the monuments, or teachers hoping to share Statuevision resources with their classes.

Learning History

A creative collaboration with Capitol Hill Montessori led to the involvement of young students in the Statuevision performance, and the creation of situated learning platforms for educators and students to use in teaching the history of icons represented in DC’s monuments, through Statuevision’s archived material.

The format for the teaching materials went through several iterations, with the help of the faculty at Capital Hill Montessori, in an effort to find the most effective method for engaging the students. In the end, each student received a pack of Statuevision trading cards: fifty 2 x 3 inch colorful cards with an image of the statue on the front, and “stats” about the statue on the back, available online below. Facebook Pages were also created for older students to explore more in-depth material about each historical figure.

Cards

Facebook Pages

CUIR

CUIR is an interdisciplinary hub for theoretical and practical investigation of urban intervention and transformation strategies.  CUIR aims to support interventions whose concerns range from artistic creation and community engagement to political activism and public safety.  CUIR continues the author’s existing work in development of hardware and software instruments for mobile projection.  CUIR focuses on free software, open source development, and machine fabricated hardware; these design parameters allow CUIR to disseminate its research findings beyond the localities of its host institutions.

CUIR was founded in 2013 by Ali Momeni, with support from a grant by Creative Capital. CUIR is housed within the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University‘sCollege of Fine Arts.