Husky ReView

Photograph of black student being dragged out of Wilbur Cross building by police (1974).
Student occupation, UConn (1974).

The Husky ReView team is building an AR (augmented reality) app that highlights student activism and protest on the UConn campus.  The project is based on the Humility and Conviction in Public Life prompt.

Some barriers to productive public discourse are environmental. Continual exposure to messages about the exceptional status and manifest destiny of one’s community or nation has persistent and plausibly pernicious effects on one’s sense of identity, professed convictions, and willingness to listen open-mindedly to alternative points of view. We may overcome some barriers to meaningful public discourse by intervening directly on public spaces and thus indirectly on the individuals who inhabit them.

Monuments and public topography do not just reflect pre-existing conceptions of a shared past and a common identity. Rather, they play a significant role in their construction. The past is often a contested territory. Over time, what is remembered, and how, is largely determined by those who have the power to build monuments, name buildings and public spaces, or write the history curricula to be taught in school. It is easy to forget that collective memories are highly selective, and partly fabricated. It is often ignored that these memories promote a shared forgetting – a sort of collective amnesia – of the shameful or inconvenient aspects of the history of a group, of a place, or of an institution.

Our intervention, made possible by augmented-reality (AR) technology, is designed to unearth and make more visible certain forgotten  aspects of, and events from, the recent past of the University of Connecticut. In particular, our AR intervention draws from material in the UConn Archives and Special Collections which concern student activism in response to issues such as race and white supremacy, and the Vietnam War.

 


Project Team: 

  1. Clare Costley King’oo / Associate Professor and Associate Head, English Department
  2. Brooke Foti Gemmell / Design Technologist, Greenhouse Studios
  3. Wes Hamrick / Greenhouse Studios Mellon Fellow
  4. Tom Lee / Design Technologist, Greenhouse Studios
  5. Tom Scheinfeldt / Director, Greenhouse Studios
  6. River Soma / Greenhouse Studios Graduate Assistant, Art & Art History
  7. Graham Stinnett / Archivist, UConn Library
  8. Alessandra Tanesini / Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff University

Current Phase in the Design Process