Proposal Synopsis: Cherry Blossoms addresses the disparity between human suffering and perception of that suffering. The project starts in a backpack outfitted with a small microcontroller and a GPS unit. Recent news of bombings in Iraq are downloaded to the unit every night. Relative location, to the center of the city are superimposed on a map of Boston. If the wearer walks into a space in Boston that correlates to a site of violence in Baghdad, the backpack detonates, releasing a compressed air cloud of confetti. Like a mixture between smoke, shrapnel and the white blossoms of a cherry tree, this fog of war completely engulfs the wearer. Each piece of confetti is inscribed with the name of a civilian who died in the war, and the circumstances of their death. With Cherry Blossoms human loss resonates beyond the boundary of conflict.
Artist's Biography: Alyssa Wright explores the interdependence of politics, culture, and technology. She studied women studies and cultural theory at Wellesley College, received a master's degree in new media from ITP, NYU, and is currently a graduate student at MIT's Media Lab, Ambient Intelligence Group.