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DAILP

I work with the Digital Archive of American Indian Languages Preservation and Perseverance (DAILP) at Northeastern University. Our goal is to preserve stories, letters, and governance documents written in the Cherokee script. We make these texts available online to help Cherokee people tell their stories and teach their language. Cherokee is an indigenous North American language in the Iroquoian family, spoken primarily in Oklahoma and North Carolina. I built and maintain DAILP's online platform for speakers and community members to explore historical manuscripts. This year, the DAILP team is collaborating with Cherokee students and teachers to integrate with their curricula, record spoken stories, and gather previously forgotten words.

In Event of Moon Disaster

In July 1969, much of the world celebrated “one giant leap for mankind.” Fifty years later, nothing is quite so straightforward. In Event of Moon Disaster illustrates the possibilities of deepfake technologies by reimagining this seminal event. What if the Apollo 11 mission had gone wrong and the astronauts had not been able to return home? A contingency speech for this possibility was prepared for, but never delivered by, President Nixon – until now.

Sandwich

Machines in a room talking to each other about sandwiches. Over time, they collectively develop their language to describe more complex relationships to these sandwiches.

Turntable

Two people on distant reaches of the Earth from one another can listen to the same album at the same time, rhythms marching as one (with slight latency).

City Palette

Mobile app that allows users to take dominant colors from a photo to name and publish them for nearby users to check out: "...interpreting locations through color collections. So many cities are unique in their color spectrums: from the tropical hues of Miami Beach to the stately grays of London, colors are an important way to interpret where we are. City Palette was first designed for use in New Orleans, Louisiana, a historically colorful city in the midst of many changes."

You Belong Here

Mobile app that tracks stories of belonging (in New Orleans) via photos and videos hosted on Instagram and mapped out. Its release was Kicked off with videos from Speed Levitch and a barge on the Mississippi River that read "You Belong Here".

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