It is art that can be difficult to define but could be called "creative place-making," adds the other creator,
It is an app that will explore seven sites on the
The app is called Digital Sanctuaries Pittsburgh and will launch
Right now, Ibarra and Rodriguez, who also have created a similar app for lower
The app is part of the 10th anniversary of City of Asylum's work providing sanctuary to politically persecuted writers. It will be downloadable on Android and Apple devices.
The local City of Asylum program has been a little different here than at other City of Asylum sites in this country or around the world, so the
The City of Asylum mission is aimed at helping politically persecuted writers find freedom and establish new lives in a free society. Often the work is connected with universities, Reese says, but here it is built around the
Because of the work of City of Asylum, Reese is in touch with any number of poets. When he heard about the Digital Sanctuaries work from poet Yusef Komunyakaa, he thought it could be a way of blending the writing City of Asylum fosters with the neighborhood in which it lives.
"We went up to
The app will combine the music of Ibarra and Rodriguez, images of the sites, and the poetry of such authors as
Readings generally are done by the authors or their translators, but some are presented by poets
The app will lead participants to seven central
Ibarra and Rodriguez say the music can be remixed on smartphones, creating an interactive experience for the listener.
Reese says the purpose of the app is to allow listeners to see the sites and see what is happening in the neighborhood.
The Widow's Home, for instance, was built as an orphanage around 1830, he says. It was turned into a home for widows after the Civil War, and now is
Percussionists Ibarra and Rodriguez are not strangers to this type of innovative idea. She is a native of
Rodriguez was born in
Ibarra says they put together their first Digital Sanctuaries project in 2013 for the
The two percussionists put the artistic side of the works together but used cyber-minded colleagues to do the technical work. Indian
"We are not creating the technology, but finding a way to use the technology," Ibarra says.
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