Microsoft Research Connections partnered with the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab, Brown University, University of Iowa, National Endowment for the Humanities, NAMES Project Foundation, and others to create several interactive digital exhibits that allow the public to explore the largest work of community-created folk art in the world.
- A Digital Patchwork Masterpiece where you can view the entire quilt, block by block. Warning: It will take over a month to view the 6000 blocks comprised of 8 panels each!
- A 30 Year History of AIDS via ChronoZoom
An amazing ChronoZoom interactive timeline that chronicles the history of AIDS and includes Deep Zoom panoramas of the quilt at various stages in its creation.
If you want to learn more about what Microsoft Research is doing to find a cure for HIV, you can visit Next@Microsoft blog which describs how MSR researcher David Heckerman is using spam filtering technology to help find a vaccine for HIV.
For more information about the exhibits, click here.
In Remembrance of a true HOLLYWOOD star.’”
– Hollywood Designer Warren Caton
Roman Cortez had the help of his 5th grade class in creating a panel for his mother, Nikki who died from AIDS in September 1998. Together they created a panel that included Nikki’s favorite things including her love of music, picnics in the mountains and of course, shooting hoops with Roman. The students also planned carefully to include a shade of Nikki’s favorite color purple in every section of the panel.
“During his last year, Joe’s favorite things were soap operas, game shows, Whopper Juniors, Kit Kats and sitting and ‘talking story’ with family and friends who came to visit often. His ancestral background is Chinese, Hawaiian, Filipino, and Spanish. He was especially proud to be Hawaiian. His favorite Hawaiian food was squid luau. His apartment was decorated with Hawaiian flair. He had a generous Hawaiian heart and his aloha was shared with many he met. His favorite phrase was ‘E Komo Mai,’ come on in.”
“He was funny and talented and unforgettable. He lived with an intensity not known to many, and he influenced everyone who knew him. He loved exotic birds and all things fine and beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to share the life of Maurio Raphael Spike with the world through this remarkable project. Each stitch was made with love and a prayer that this panel will endure forever.”
–Charlotte Spikes (mother) & Kescia Muhammad (sister)
“I was born in the United States, New York City to be exact, but I have always been told that I am ‘Cubanasa’ more Cuban than the royal palms that grown on the beautiful island where my parents were born. When The AIDS Memorial Quilt approached me to do a panel, I decided to do a panel for all those people in Cuba that didn’t have a voice that have been forgotten and continue to be forgotten. With this panel, I am their voice!”
“We did lots of fun things together – mostly just eating, talking, hanging out and dog walks. We drank ‘sock’ coffee and ate corn beef has in the East Village regularly. I met my husband Dan in Clay’s apartment and have since bought two Dalmatian from his wonderful litter of pedigrees known as Clayborne Dalmatians. I continually have Clay’s life to thank for so many things.”