October 19, 2017

Mel Chin and the University of North Carolina–Asheville Partner on Augmented Reality Project

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA—Mel Chin, artist and current Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow at the University of North Carolina–Asheville, has collaborated with university faculty and students in its art, engineering, and new media departments on an augmented reality project and installation for New York’s Times Square, to be unveiled on Earth Day, April 22, 2018. The university’s STEAM Studio has worked with Chin to realize the project. As a part of the Black Mountain College Legacy Fellowship, a partnership between the university and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Chin is also teaching a course at in the university’s new media department.

“It takes a big team to do this, and this is an ideal situation,” Chin said. “With these huge projects happening, this fellowship felt like the opportune moment to make and to teach, to give everything I know to others. We’re at the age where you have to distribute your knowledge, and it’s also about how to make, how to be challenged by the reality we live in and respond.”

The Black Mountain College Legacy Fellowship was established in 2015 and supports and artist-in-residence and internship program at the University of North Carolina–Asheville. Black Mountain College scholar and historian Mary Emma Harris served as the inaugural fellow in 2015–16, followed by poet and anthropologist Renato Rosaldo in 2016–17.

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