Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Young Lords Party: Garbage Offensive August 18, 1969

"I have the honor of being selected as an artist by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute CCCADI as part of their Mi Querido Barrio project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. I was inspired to create an AR (Augmented Reality) based on the Young Lords Party garbage offensive of August 1969. For this project I art directed a piece based on this demonstration and brought on legendary artist Carlos Pacheco (Superman, Captain America, X-Men, Avengers) to illustrate my ideas. Next I approached the amazingly talented Christopher Sotomayor to digitally paint the piece. The multi-talented powerhouse that is the theater company Universes, provided an excerpt from the song American written by UNIVERSES' William Ruiz for their play Party People and it was mixed especially for this video by D-Stroy Melendez. The video was directed by myself and animated by José A. Gutierrez Rivera. This video will be part of an AR that will be viewable when you walk with your smartphone or tablet on 110th Street between Park and Lexington in East Harlem, or as we endearingly refer to it as Mi Querido Barrio." 
-Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez





The New York Times interviewed Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez about this project in the piece "With a Virtual Tour, Preserving the History of East Harlem" - http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/with-a-virtual-tour-preserving-the-history-of-east-harlem/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=2

To see the full creative process of this project visit Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez's blog - http://studioedgardo.com/blog/Augmented-Reality-(AR),-Comic-Books-&-1960s-Activism

From Baltimore to El Barrio the people call for justice. Generation after generation the struggle continues. Art directed by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, illustrated by Carlos Pacheco, colors by Christopher Sotomayor, animation by José A. Gutiérrez Rivera, sounds mix by David Melendez and soundtrack from PARTY PEOPLE (by: UNIVERSES) #partypeopletheplay. Produced for Caribbean Cultural Center (CCCADI).

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