camera + activism
Tools for Empowerment
Vista Attivista is meant to provide tools for empowerment. It is not a guarantee of empowerment nor is it meant to replace other forms of activism. Vista Attivista navigates the existing spaces of activism and technology to complement and enhance the experience of sharing, connecting, and discovering photos and videos. This is real, fast, quality photo and video. For the people. By the people.
hacking + tinkering
We hacked and tinkered various instructables and other online sources. By combining different sources, we were able to troubleshoot and work with our materials and build an end product that is user friendly and DIY. As a tool for empowerment and as a tool for citizens, we emphasized the end user. We focused on ease of use, impact, and quality.
failing + finding + future
During the process, there were many hiccups along the way. It is only fitting that we dedicate a section to describing these hiccups for future use. We intend for this project to contribute to the larger body of knowledge in the DIY community, the activism community, the BLM community, and the technological community. Failing refers to the work that brought us to this point. Finding describes how we traversed these difficulties. Future is how we hope to continue this project in the coming days, months, and years.
- Our code failed quite a few times. We executed a motion-sensored code from an existing instructable.
- At one point, our USB cable was the issue that brought us down.
- Numerous times, the "Card was not found." We sought the help of Adafruit masters, as well as family and friends.
- Existing resources
- We used the existing knowledge on the Internet to develop our own process and Instructable.
- Excellent help
- We also used real-life help in the form of family and friends.
- Extreme circumstances
- We were pressed for time and needed to improvise multiple times.
- We hope to explore privacy, security, and protection laws.
- We were not able to provide video, so we hope to spend more time creating video, not just photo.
Brooke Bosley is an M.S. in Digital Media candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interest is using technology to reform education, urban communities, and social justice. For the project she worked on the software, building, and helped to develop an Instructable.
Her interest for participating in the project was the desire to create a device that could impact the African American community. More importantly, encourage individuals to continue to take action.
Christina Lucas is an M.S. in Digital Media candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focus involves civic engagement using education and expression to foster both individual development as well as community-building and collaboration.
In this project, Christina worked in developing a conceptual framework for the Vista Attivista device in coupling the social domains of activism and surveillance with the technological innovations of UbiComp. Christina also worked in constructing the device as well as creating a means of sharing the contributions of the project in an Instructable.
Abby Golfo is an M.S. in Digital candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Abby is interested in using video and design for social good. She focuses on documentary work, civic engagement, and social justice.
During this project, she worked on documentation, with an emphasis on videos and this website. She also worked on soldering, using Google, and following directions.