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"I Thought About You: A Unique Public Art Project"
2002-07-07 until 2002-07-12
XIV International AIDS Conference
For one week, the city of Barcelona will be transformed to
reveal the stories, emotions and memories of people lost to AIDS which exist
throughout its streets, buildings and public areas. An official program of the XIV International AIDS Conference, I Thought
About You is a unique public art project which has gathered people's
memories of loved ones lost to AIDS and the locations where they occurred
and will reveal the memories that specific locations throughout the city
hold from July 7-12, 2002.
On July 7, a series of plaques, each one containing a memory involving
someone lost to AIDS, were installed throughout Barcelona, each plaque
placed at the location where the memory took place.
"I Thought About You reveals the stories, emotions, memories and moments
that locations throughout Barcelona contain," says Scott G Burnham, creator
and director of I Thought About You. "I hope that when people come across a
plaque in their day-to-day activities and discover that a place they pass
each day contains a memory of someone who is no longer here because of AIDS,
not only will an awareness of the humanity contained within the shared
spaces of the city form, but a shared concern will grow as people realize
how the epidemic has woven itself into the narrative of the city."
Memories used at the launch of the project have been gathered from Barcelona
residents and individuals worldwide through a series of public campaigns
conducted by Burnham and the International AIDS Conference's cultural
program, RAUXA. Activities will also be conducted during the week of the
conference to encourage participation and further sharing of memories.
Additional plaques will appear throughout the city as memories are shared
over the course of the week.
Individuals worldwide can participate and share memories of someone who has
been lost to AIDS via the project website http://www.ithoughtaboutyou.com.
Memories connected to cities other than Barcelona will be displayed in a
special exhibition area at the conference. Following the conference, the
website will be re-launched as an online destination for memories connected
to specific locations to create a new form of expression and remembrance
throughout the cities of the world. I Thought About You will also be
conducted in other cities following the conference.