This summer, an exhibit at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), called Defend Puerto Rico, highlighted emerging media works from artists from across the Puerto Rican diaspora.
Out of necessity and frustration, the artists—who came from New York, California, and Florida, among other places—decided to travel to the island together, where they formed the Defend Puerto Rico Project (DefendPR), a transmedia collective with a mission to diversify, complicate, and enrich coverage of the Puerto Rican diasporic experience. Over the course of six trips together, DefendPR created a body of new work that took advantage of traditional and emerging media formats and technologies—like 360° video and augmented reality experiences—to illustrate experiences of Puerto Ricans across the diaspora.
Examples of their work can be found on the #DefendPR website, including this 360 video of a song performed in a gallery. If you click on the video you can drag the camera around to see the different performers.
Can you think of a way we might use 360 video or other new forms of media to add to the #DefendPR campaign or tell the story of our community? Are there ways you could use the media on the #DefendPR website to inspire your students about what they might want to defend or protect?