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ITP Thesis Presentation: The Beacon Project


Abstract: …

The Beacon Project is a participatory framework for the creation of a multitude of
glowing light cubes, or “beacons,” to be displayed as an annual memorial on the
anniversary of September 11. Through online instructions, tutorials, and face-toface
workshops, I hope to facilitate the construction of a city-wide network of
beacons. On September 11th and the evenings leading up to it, each participant
will display their beacons in public view (on their roof, fire escape, window, etc.),
adorning the city in an act of public art and remembrance. Through the efforts of
this ad hoc community of artists, makers and activists, a memorial will materialize
for a few nights each year. The resulting work will surround its viewers as they
pass through the city, and has the capacity to grow and change each time it is

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  • 1. The Beacon Project a collaborative memorial
  • 2. Foster participation and collaborationProject Goals Create a living, evolving memorial Cultivate a community to sustain the project
  • 3. Web siteParticipation - Instructions and tutorialsFramework - Image archive & comments - Map Workshops Walking tours
  • 4. Related Work andInspiration
  • 5. Tribute in Light
  • 6. “The electric light is pure information. It is a mediumwithout a message, as it were...” Marshall McLuhan Understanding Media“Perhaps because of its neutrality, light can easilyabsorb a range of ideological connotations,meanings that may or may not be intended by thosewho exploit its functional and formal qualities.” Herbert Muschamp
  • 7. Feral RoboticDogs
  • 8. Windowfarms
  • 9. Farolito/Luminary
  • 10. Design and Fabrication
  • 11. The Cube
  • 12. The Circuit
  • 13. Design Low-cost, affordable Easily-obtainable materialsConstraints Moderate time commitment Easy to build (but not too easy)
  • 14. Community Mobilization
  • 15. Instructions
  • 16. Archive
  • 17. Map
  • 18. Workshops
  • 19. Reception and Viewingof the Work
  • 20. NeighborhoodWalking Tours
  • 21. Next Steps Refine construction process Publicize to relevant communities Hold summer workshop Seek out grants and external funding sources ------------------------------------------------------------- Identify neighborhood organizers Web site phase II
  • 22. Thank You Despina Papadopoulos Thesis class Eric Rosenthal Tymm Twyllman Chris Cerrito Lina Giraldo Ari Joseph Fillipo Vinucci Matt Richard Kate Monahan ITP Faculty & Staff Everyone else...