Sarah Nelson Wrights work, part of the Hearsts exhibit People Made These Things, addresses the crucial question: who are the makers of mass-produced objects in our lives today? In this talk, Wright will share stories and media from a research trip to India and Sri Lanka to observe garment factories and meet marginalized workers with collaborator Jennifer Stock. She will discuss their work-in-progress, Invisible Seams, an augmented reality sound walk about the globalization of the fashion industry. This project uses smartphone technology to bring the stories of the sweatshop workers who make our clothes to the streets of the shopping epicenter of SoHo in New York City. The talk will address digital storytelling, emerging technology, advocacy and place-making, in addition to focusing on the question of what it means to know who made the objects in our everyday lives.
Sarah Nelson Wright is a Brooklyn- and Bay Area-based media artist and educator. Her work encompasses video, installation, interactive media and public art. Wrights projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals, including the Queens Museum (New York), Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (New York), Mostra de Artes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and ACVic Center for Contemporary Arts (Vic, Spain). Wright holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. She is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Marymount Manhattan College.