Statuevision: Washington DC

Statuevision: DC was an interactive, public performance based on historical statues in Washington DC, as well as a case study of strategies for engaging communities in cross-generational shared learning experiences that are both playful and meaningful. Statuevision: DC was commissioned as part of the Near Futures for 5×5, a project of the DC Commission on the Arts and humanities. During the performance, several seven- to eight-year-olds led the audience in a guerilla world history lesson, augmented with 3D video projections on the surrounding grounds and trees. The public performance deployed a fleet of customized projection carts into Dupont circle at night, each projecting animated statues and providing a stage for the evening’s young MC’s. Students from Capital Hill Montessori spoke with passersby about the history and importance of the monuments. Carnegie Mellon University students controlled the carts, animations and ambient sound, and facilitated public engagement with the younger students and the projections. Customized teaching material was created for the primary school students prior to the event, and was shared with the public during the performance. All historical information, media content, teaching tools and 3D models were made publicly available online as part of Statuevision. Statuevision explored the connection between DC’s future leaders and past icons, through accessible interactive learning, technology and public art.

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