Proposal Title: An Inter-cultural Blogscape, 10/15/2008, Other
Proposal Synopsis: The inter-cultural blogscape infuses daily Iraqi life into daily American life. The project transcends religion, location, ethnicity and cultural boundaries to link humanity. It emphasizes the innocent and suffering civilians in Iraq that are victims of location, and educates people in America about the daily emotions of life in wartime.
Participating cities in the United States are paired with "sister" cities of similar size and density of cities in Iraq. In each Iraqi city, a family or individual will offer to share their thoughts and feelings about life during the Iraqi war and will send a weekly entry along with an image to be uploaded to the different sites across the United States.
The blogscapes will be at different scales and formats appropriate to their location. At the urban scale, they appear as large billboards in a busy central location along a streetscape. At the suburban scale, the format is an LED screen located outside local schools for students and families to reflect on. At the rural scale, the format is a kiosk that sits outside of local grocery stores. They are all positioned in ordinary, American, everyday places, where people will experience another, perhaps not so ordinary, everyday place.
Artist's Biography: Sara Fiore is a in her final year as graduate student of landscape architecture at University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Boston College. Her interests are urban design and how the environment can affect community and human behavior. She is excited to participate in the Iraqi Memorial exhibition and hopes that more people will become aware of what is going on in Iraq.
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