The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display Washington DC: June - July 2012.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is an unique work of
international ARTS ACTIVISM that reflects the worldwide scope and personal
impact of the AIDS pandemic.
- The textile Quilt is composed of 48,000 individual PANELS that commemorate more than 91,000 names.
- The size of the physical Quilt measures more than 1.3 million square feet. If laid out in its entirety, it would cover more than 29 acres of land.
- It would take a visitor more than 33 days to view every panel—spending only 1 minute at each panel.
- It is the largest LIVING
MEMORIAL of its kind in the world.
The year 2012 marks
the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Quilt. In June 2012, the Quilt will
be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC. In July 2012, te Quilt will be laid
out—in its entirety—on the Mall of Washington for the first time since 1996.
It will take four days (July 21-25) to display all 48,000 panels. These
events are part of the Quilt 2012 program sponsored by the NAMES Project Foundation—the non-profit
organization that maintains and displays the Quilt.
We know that not
everyone who has an interest in the AIDS Memorial QUILT can make the trip to
Washington, DC this summer. Moreover, the entire QUILT has grown so large
that all the panels cannot be viewed in one session.
We have designed a
mobile web app called AIDS QUILT TOUCH that enables
people to SEARCH for a specific NAME
on a panel and to CONTRIBUTE comments to a Digital
Guest Book. For visitors in Washington DC this summer, this application
will ALSO enable them to LOCATE the display of a specific panel when it is laid out on the
We seek support through this Kickstarter campaign to:
Complete the mobile web app -- this involves several groups of people working in small teams in different locations throughout the US;
Develop, print and disseminate user instructions for the several thousand visitors who are expected to view the Quilt this summer;
Attract a group of supporters who will get early access to the first release of the mobile web app, and have the first opportunities to submit comments to the Digital Guest Book.
Support a day-long set of panels discussing the Historical Lessons of the AIDS Pandemic, the Cultural Significance of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the plans for the creation of a Digital Archive of the Quilt and other materials.
We consider the development of the AIDS QUILT TOUCH mobile web app an
appropriate use of digital technologies in the service of cultural good.
The aim is NOT to replace or interfere with the experience of viewing the
textile Quilt, but to augment that experience and to extend the opportunity to
view the Quilt to people all over the world through on-line access.
After the Quilt 2012
events, the AIDS QUILT TOUCHmobile web app will continue to serve as a portal that enables
people to browse the entire collection of Quilt panels, to read the many
stories of the Quilt, to trace the travels of any single panel, and to participate in crowdsourcing information about
Anne Balsamo and
the Public Interactives Research
Team at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
at the University of Southern California (USC) are collaborating with the NAMES
Project Foundation to create several interactive digital
experiences designed to augment the viewing of the physical
Quilt during the summer Quilt 2012 events. We have begun development of
the web-based application in collaboration with the Digital Studio for the Public Humanities at the University
of Iowa, under the direction of artist Jon Winet.
Here are some of the
WIREFRAMES for key pages of the AIDS QUILT TOUCH mobile web app.
Last year we received
a small grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to build a table-top browser that allows viewers to search through the massive database of
Quilt images. This interactive experience will ALSO be on display during
the Quilt in the Capital events, but the size of the table limits the number of
viewers who can use the browser at any given time.
We want to make the Quilt images and information available to a greater number of people, so we are now building the AIDS QUILT TOUCHmobile web app.
We have a LIMITED time to create this digital application. It needs to LAUNCH June 27, 2012, in time for the opening of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Our early release LAUNCH DATE is June 20, 2012. We will make the mobile web app available
early to all our financial backers, so that they can get the first experience
browsing the extensive collection of digital images and information about Quilt
panels and add the first entries to the Digital Guest Book. During the Quilt 2012 events and afterwards, the mobile web app will be freely available
for all users.
We appreciate all
levels of support. And we have a number of "thank you" gifts
for our backers. For supporters who have the means to contribute larger
amounts, we offer rooms at a boutique hotel in Washington DC and invitations to
special events during the Smithsonian Folklife festival from June 27-July 8th.
If you have ever
wanted to browse the AIDS Memorial Quilt, contribute a story about its
meaning and significance, or support the work to make the Quilt stories available to a wider audience, this is your chance.