VillageLIVE is an AR walking tour the presents a view into the past of NY using the archive of Nelson Sullivan. It is an ongoing project that was made in collaboration with Shir David and Jordan Frand.
How can we bring queer history into the present?
Roles: Story Development, Experience Design, Web Development
VillageLIVE is an AR walking tour that presents a view into the past of NY using the archive of Nelson Sullivan. It is an ongoing project that was made in collaboration with Shir David and Jordan Frand.
Nelson Sullivan was a video artist in 1980s New York, and many people consider him the first vlogger. His videos capture an amazing time in the city, when important figures of queer history were making a name for themselves. We wanted to use his archive to bring NYC’s queer history into the streets of now.
We decided that Augmented reality (AR) allows us to layer Nelson’s archival footage right on top of the actual places his videos were made - allowing users to walk through history while wandering through the city.
This 360 video was created as a prototype for the type of experience we hoped to build using Augmented Reality.
This project aims to celebrate queer community in the ways that it shapes and is shaped by public space in New York City. Using Nelson Sullivan’s video archive, past narratives come back to life in the streets where prominent figures of the city’s queer history once flourished.