Project Description

AIDS Quilt Touch

ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo, and Dale MacDonald, ATEC Associate Dean for Creative Technologies began working on the creation of interactive experiences for the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 2010.  Over the past 10 years, the project, known as AIDS Quilt Touch, has involved more than 50 collaborators across the United States.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt would take more than 50 miles to display. The Virtual AIDS Quilt is an interactive application that enables people to view images and search for names among the 48,000 individual Quilt panels.

More Info > The National AIDS Memorial in San Francisco will feature the Virtual AIDS Quilt interactive experience as part of the launch of their new website. The launch coincides with the opening of the Virtual International AIDS Conference that will be hosted by Medical, Civic, and AIDS organizations in the in the Bay Area. Also featured on the NAM site is Video Essay the AIDS Memorial Quilt: Origins, Legacy, Futures created by Anne Balsamo and ATEC doctoral student, Leticia Ferreira.

Student Credits – Leticia Ferreira, Sean Landers, Murilo Paiva Homsi, David N. Wilson

Faculty and Staff Credits – Anne Balsamo, Dale MacDonald, Eva Jacobus

Additional Credits – The AIDS Quilt Touch Team, The University of Iowa Digital Studio for Public Humanities, The New School, the Names Foundation, and the National AIDS Memorial

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AQT Interactive Media mobile
Virtual Aids Quilt Search Bar
Anne Balsamo and Dale MacDonald AQT Table


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