This project is composed of anonymous submissions by Brown students, alumni, and professors,
detailing stories of their queer experiences on campus. Specifically,
my prompt for stories asked about “moments of queer learning” on
Brown’s campus. “Learning,” in this sense, could take the form of
pain, joy, strength, normalcy, defiance, defeat, love, loneliness —
The nature of queer experience is often one of privacy: quiet words exchanged between individuals or a look into the mirror in solitude. Moments of queerness can also be loud, radical, combustive, and widely heard. All of these stories should be documented.
The mission of these A.R. installations and the accompanying book is to share these stories, moments, and experiences with one another, to document them, immortalize them, and, effectively, to ‘queer the space’ which is Brown University’s campus.
After I completed the print run of the Map of Queer Learning book and wrote about it in this Medium article, I started receiving emails and messages from friends, classmates, and strangers, asking if I planned to create a second edition of the book. People seemed eager to contribute their experiences.
I wanted to continue the project in a way that would allow it
to be extensible and to live on even after I leave Brown, in case a future
student is interested in taking it over. I decided to use Augmented
Reality to craft an entirely new form of the map -- one which integrates
the stories directly into their settings throughout campus. The video
below shows one of the A.R. installations in action.
This format also broadened the reach of the project. Any passerby who notices one of the small blue plaques gets immediate access to the stories of past and present LGBTQ+ life at Brown.
The original iteration of the Map of Queer Learning was a single edition of four 25-page cyanotype-printed and hand-bound books. Click here to read about my process for creating the books, or keep scrolling to read the scanned version.