'Hidden in Plain Sight', an Art Installation Telling NYC Street Vendor's Stories Over 3D-Printed Miniatures

Hidden in Plain Sight is an interesting art project from NYU Interactive Telecommunications Research Resident Michelle Hessel that combines audio recordings of famous New York City street vendors with detailed 3d-printed miniatures of them and their carts.

In this series of portraits, each work features video and audio merged into 3D printed high-fidelity sculptures of food carts and the people behind them – Ana, Dany and Thiru. The piece offers a new approach to documentary, merging older media formats with newer technologies. High fidelity 3D scanning techniques were explored in order to use the physical model of the cart as small canvas. When users interact with it, audio is triggered and the vendor starts sharing their stories in their own words. As the narrative unfolds, minimalistic animations that complement the audio tracks are mapped on top of the cart.

Check out the project page to learn more about Hidden in Plain Sight and to listen to the stories.

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