Blue Velvet / 2007

by David Theo Goldberg
Information Architecture by Stefka Hristova
Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

Words slide, fall, rain, dissolve, and transform in this poetic exploration of the contours of American racial politics post-Katrina. Featuring music by Liu Sola. A collaboration with scholar David Theo Goldberg and Stefka Hristova.

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Blue Velvet Screenshot 1

The piece begins with a placid view over which hovers a ticker that repeats the words “New Orleans.” Evocative phrases rain down from the ticker.

Blue Velvet Screenshot 2

The user can dislodge specific key phrases into what proves to be a liquid landscape. As the phrase submerges, we follow it downwards as it breaks apart and dissolves into other words.

Video Documentation

A brief demonstration of the project is presented below.

Blue Velvet Screenshot 3

As the words dissolve completely, they trigger the appearance of a text—one of the 24 arguments of the piece—and related media.

Blue Velvet Screenshot 4

Accompanying media includes video, audio, photographs and maps that illuminate the status of New Orleans, present and past.

Blue Velvet Screenshot 5

A bookmarkable index allows users to explore the content of the project independently of the main interface.