Vacant Buildings, Vanished Dreams

An experimental media arts mapping project expressing working people’s economic, social and personal experiences struggling to survive in the midst of urban blight:

 

 

Vacant Buildings, Vanished Dreams is a series of digital stories expressing working people’s economic, social and personal experiences struggling to survive in the midst of urban blight.  This pilot project will create digital stories which will be presented as a guided walk by neighborhood ambassadors to stories triggered through multimedia sites on vacant buildings and locations on one block in North Central Troy — surrounding The Sanctuary for Independent Media. 

The stories will share the impact of economically distressed urban neighborhoods on working families.  Living among abandoned buildings and decay, workers will share experiences a s homeowners whose properties have plummeted in value, fears for their family’s safety, and the daily challenge they face while struggling against great odds.  

Featuring media artists Julie Capser Roth, Brenda Ann Kenneally and Melissa Sarris, produced by Branda Miller, a production of The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

Guided walk are presented by neighborhood ambassadors and local participants, including Jerry Ford, Sean Mclean, Mac Henderson, Joyce Henderson, and Felipe Colón.

This project is supported by Workforce Development Institute Art of Labor Program, and will be a public art installation this fall featured by Breathing Lights’ Troy Hub, The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

For more information, call the Sanctuary, @ 518-272-2390, or email brandamiller@gmail.com.Created by media artists trained in media arts, experimental documentary, audio recording, storytelling, citizen journalism, photography and digital media, the theme is the impact of urban decay on working people’s lives.This pilot multi-media project includes research and development, curricular development, production of digital stories, and public art presentation (through QR codes on vacant buildings in North Troy which trigger the stories). Stories will continue to be added to the map.

The stories will share the impact of economically distressed urban neighborhoods on working families.  Living among abandoned buildings and decay, workers will share experiences as homeowners whose properties have plummeted in value, fears for their family’s safety, and the daily challenges they face while struggling against great odds.

This project is designed to network with the high-profile Bloomberg Public Art project “Breathing Lights,” thereby expanding the dialogue generated by “Breathing Lights” to shine light on workers’ experiences. "Vacant Buildings, Vanished Dreams" will be a featured project of The Sanctuary for Independent Media during the "Breathing Lights" public art installation in October - November of 2016.