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Title:Placing the Walls: 3-D modeling of Chicana/o murals in LA
Author(s):Kim, David
Subject(s):3‐D Simulation Modeling
Cultural Informatics
Digital Humanities
cultural informatics
research methods
Abstract:Placing the Walls is a digital project that analyzes the ‘mural environment’ of the Estrada Courts Public Housing in Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, the site of more than sixty wall paintings organized by the community during the Chicana/o movement of the 1970s. Close examination of both the murals’ spatial organization and the temporal layer of graffiti reveals the complex history of the social space of the barrio and its relationship to identity formation. While the most iconic and representative murals at the site document the history of political activism within the social justice paradigm of El Movimiento towards affirming community identity, the lesser-known murals index an alternate consciousness of place rooted in the long history of the barrio in Los Angeles. Emphasizing both the murals’ historical references and their spatial relations, it proposes 3-D modeling as an analytical tool for visualizing and interpreting the site specificity of ‘place,’ contributing to recent developments in digital methodology in spatial history and cultural geography
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Kim, D. (2013). Placing the Walls: 3-D modeling of Chicana/o murals in LA. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 701-702). doi:10.9776/13324
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-02

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