“TeleCommunity Presents Heroes” by Dunn

  • ©Robert (Bob) M. Dunn



    TeleCommunity Presents Heroes

Program Title:

    SIGKids Interactive Communities



    In this collaboration, young students in Jerusalem, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles are developing ideas, digital imagery, and multimedia pieces about their heroes. They communicate these works to their remote companions through World Wide Web pages, email, tele painting, videoconferencing, and data transmission. Ultimately, through QuickTime movies co-authored by the students and realized with the assistance of TeleCommunity teachers, the collected works are brought together as queries and responses representing a dialogue between the students’ chosen or invent ed heroes. 

    HEROES is a cultural exchange, in which students share their perceptions of popular icons, portrayals of heroes, role-playing, cross cultural dissemination of ideas, articulation of transforming clarification of societal assumptions, and the search for and definition of identity. From these activities, new understandings arise and limiting stereotypes are overcome. 

    At SIGGRAPH 95, HEROES is a virtual studio environment that sustains the project’s working relationships and international dialogue, and constructs novel multimedia pieces and interactive digital movies based on thoughts and digital materials shared by participants before and during the conference. The virtual studio consists of hardware and software linked to the rest of the world (and each other) through local and international networks. The application grows through networked response and interchange. Works are created through collaboration oriented relationships are the basis of this undertaking, whether manifested in the human activities of communications, collaboration on media pieces, or in the actual technology and interactive quality of multimedia work or the software interface. Visitors encounter work that is rich in content and meaning, developed through collaborative efforts in participatory media, and witness a commitment to education and exploration, by and for the young, for the future. 


    Melanie Carr
    Project Co-author
    Carnegie Museum of Art

    Nathan Fullerton
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Susan Hazan
    Israel Museum Youth Wing

    Junior Multicultural Computer
    Academy, Duquesne University

    Students in Jerusalem,
    Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles

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