Meet Miriam Hillawi: AR/VR Artist & Educator

A 3D digital rendering of Ethiopian heritage sites, specifically the Lalibela Churches.
Abyssinian Cyber Vernaculus by Miriam Hillawi. The project was a 3-part narrative series that involved mapping the Lalibela Churches, an Ethiopian cultural site, and making them available in virtual reality.

“This new practice can allow for collaborative and participatory approaches to design within communities.”

A hand holds up an iphone. The screen shows a mountain lake with 3D augmented reality elements superimposed on it.
Worldbuilding: 3D Augmented Reality Workshop taught by Miriam will begin on August 15.

“Virtual reality is a new unclaimed territory for black and brown radical imagination.”

A picture from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. A astronaut floats in a futuristic white corridor while on a spaceship.
2001: A Space Odyssey, using the monochromatic color palette trope commonly seen in Sci-Fi productions.
A 3D Virtual Reality rendering of a futuristic setting. Brightly lit buildings are supported by stilts over an ocean.
Work by Hyphen Labs, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Olaleken Jeyifus; clockwise from top left. Afrofuturist work by AR/VR artists of color, selected by Miriam Hillawi.



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Gray Area is a 501(c)3 nonprofit in San Francisco, CA applying art & technology to create positive social impact. #grayareaorg #creativecode