Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

“ILLUMINATE Cities” Project Shares COVID-19 Data Through Creative Design

This pilot project is a light installation that offers a visual interpretation of the virus's effect on New York city and serves to examine and expose the ways in which specific communities were hardest hit.

Using a series of light sequences with intermittent moments of darkness, the installation gives the viewer a visual representation of the communities most impacted by Covid-19 in terms of infection and death rates, and then juxtapose this information with racial and economic demographics for those same areas. Specific communities were hit harder than others, suggesting and exposing underlying socio-structural issues. Viewers  are left with a dynamic, potent and lasting image of the pandemics impacts on specific neighborhoods. The illuminations are meant to drive awareness and force the viewer to question the underlying structures that are causing such vivid disparities within the city.

This is also a way of making data more accessible to those it discusses and impacts.  The installation Illuminates correlation, highlighting potential justice issues as an impetus to focus on their resolution. It’s an invitation to engage in conversations, it is a tool of memorialization and public reification of specific communities and individuals experiences and it is a data access and translation point for those affected.

You can find more information here.

ILLUMINATE Cities project is dedicated to improving cities through data exploration, art, design and engagement. The goal of our collaborations is to use public information in creative ways to explore, understand, envision and create more resilient cities. 

Illuminate is a collaboration between a team of socially minded urban planners and architects, dedicated to improving cities through art, design and engagement.  

Domingo Abrusci: Architect (Licensed in Italy) and Designer, DASH Architecture

Alexandra Payne: Urban Planner and Analyst, AMPLIFY Studio

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