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Sanctuary City

A three-part art project that reflects upon the dynamics of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States, specifically in relation to undocumented youth. The project consists of

1. a series of small kinetic objects
2. a graphic zine that may be translated into a workshop
3. a video game

These three elements of the project will be presented as a cohesive whole in the form of an interactive installation.

Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act

The DREAM Act was introduced a decade ago. It is written to protect undocumented children and youths living in the United States and help put them in the path for citizenship if "the alien has been a person of good moral character" since entering the USA.

It appeared as if it would pass in 2001, however 9/11 occurred. In December 2010, the DREAM Act once again failed to pass through the Senate.

The DREAMers

In 2010 undocumented youths marched to DC. Since then a growing number of undocumented immigrants have become activists urging for immigration reform and the opportunity to fuly participate in the society in which they have grown up.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is perhaps the most high profile undocumented immigrant to reveal himself this past year.

Undocumented Drones
a series of modified hobby robots. Each robot has a small screen that presents a rotoscope animation, a small board with microcontroller and radio module. Robots recieve Twitter feeds at given intervals with #dreamers and the motors are activated. The Twitter feed is shown in place of the animation. Example Animations

The Video Game

Players will be placed in the role of a DREAMer and will have to navigate game play and decisions accordingly. The goal of the game is to reflect the situation of undocumented youths and have players view life decisions from the DREAMers' perspective.

New York State Youth Leadership Council
Undocumented Youth Leading Change

The NYSYLC is the only undocumented youth led organization in New York that works on improving access to higher education and creating equal opportunity for immigrant youth and children of immigrants, regardless of immigration status, through leadership development, organizing and advocacy.