About this project
What is Question Bridge Interactive?
Meet the new questionbridge.com - a responsive design platform created to facilitate a healing dialogue within a demographic. When finished, our website will use 21st century technology and social media culture to expose the true complexity, diversity and humanity of an identity group.
By leveraging over 1600 videos collected for the original video installation, Question Bridge Interactive creates a space for exploring specific conversations about black male identity and making new discoveries in the process. Through simple site navigations visitors can filter the conversations by:
- Universal themes
- Adjectives participants tagged to describe themselves
- Location of participants
- Age of participants
- Date that videos and themes were added
The site’s initial focus is arguably one of the most opaque demographics in America, Black Males. Through the power of questions and answers, myriads of stories and characters will be set free to break the stereotypes of black-male-ness and explore remedies for long ingrained issues caused by this estrangement. In the future we hope to expand the focus to other identity groups.
How will Question Bridge Interactive work?
Visitors to the site will be able to cross-reference data in real-time, pulling from the wealth of archived content as well as on-the-fly uploads from other site visitors.
The more uploads to the interactive experience, the richer the search results become. The site is built to expand with the content including features such as:
- Statistics View – Select various keywords and categories to discover a specific statistic from the site content. For example: Filtering content by family, community, educated, and spiritual could yield a fact from the project like:
"12% of Question Bridge black males who have discussed family and community identify as educated and spiritual."
Or, a filter by relationships, identity, ambitions, intelligent, and New York may yield a project fact: "30% of Question Bridge black males who have discussed relationships, identity, and ambition identify as intelligent and father and are in New York or Chicago.
- Map View – Toggle seamlessly to Map View and see how participants are distributed across the U.S., filtered by search terms
- Time Cloud View - Select keywords to see how the popularity of different topics have trended over time
- Predictive Search - Type anywhere in the experience to bring up a predictive-text search and quick guide to specific content
- Question View - Browse featured conversations on the site
- Profile View - Select a participant's name at any point during the experience to view his profile
Gain perspective by listening in on these conversations, or crunch numbers with the data. Question Bridge Interactive is designed to help everyone- from academics to the casual web-surfer learn more about what it means to be a black male in America today.
Why are we doing this?
We want to reduce the influence of implicit bias in daily life.
Question Bridge: Black Males is uniquely effective at shattering monochromatic stereotypes associated with Black males, so both participants and witnesses are freed to recognize each Black man as an individual with limitless potential.
Individual Black men have agency to express themselves, which releases them from the constraints of stereotypes and its related low expectations. Witnesses are able to break from static perspectives about identity and adopt new filters for processing the bombardment of narrow and often inaccurate media-generated images of Black men.
We hope to help in a paradigm shift in American consciousness around Black male identity that removes critical obstacles limiting their political, social, and economic advancement.
“Question Bridge: Black Males started out as an art project and is quickly becoming a movement.” —Jesse Williams, Executive Producer
What is Question Bridge: Black Males?
Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative transmedia art project that facilitates a dialogue between a critical mass of Black men from diverse and contending backgrounds; and creates a platform for them to represent and redefine Black male identity in America.
So far, the project has existed as a video art installation showcasing footage from over 160 men from 12 cities, with robust community engagement programming and a high school curriculum. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, the project has traveled to more than 16 cities and impacted the perspective of hundreds of thousands of people on the reality of Black men.
This year we're expanding our reach by building this interactive platform. We'll be launching a national digital campaign to impact the perspective of millions!
Origins- About The Art Installation
Artists Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair traveled the country for four years, collecting over 1,600 question and answer videos from over 160 men. On video, a black man asked a significant question of another black man they felt estranged from; on video, a black man representing that difference recorded an answer. The artists molded this rich content into an insightful, provocative and entertaining five-channel video installation—a portal into an inner realm of black male consciousness. It premiered at 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, and over 10 other national museums, festivals, and cultural institutions.
Risks and challenges
Question Bridge is built and run by a team of artists and art and technology professionals who’ve executed 2012’s transmedia installation, and countless other media and art related projects. Our expertise, network and proven track record gives us full confidence in our ability to execute the expansion of the interactive online platform. We tested the relevance of these platforms in 2012 with a beta version of the app. So we’ve incorporated the lessons learned, and strengthened our vision and our team- we are so excited to launch this site and realize goals.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are many ways to participate on http://Questionbridge.com even if you don’t identify as a Black Male! All visitors will be able to engage with the site content, by listening and witnessing, searching, analyzing and tagging content, and sharing or saving content that they like.
We really wanted to see what happens when you explore a single demographic from the inside out. Could doing so shatter the commonly held monochromatic representation of black men, even better- could it impact or shift implicit bias? But we believe the methodology of Question Bridge- using the lens to mediate a dialogue- is a universal one that will benefit any group or demographic.
Our vision is that one day, any person will be able to explore the various groups that they are a part of by using this platform.
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