Microsoft researchers are using the same principles they employed to build email spam filters to help find an HIV vaccine. One of the greatest challenges to fighting HIV is that it is constantly mutating. This makes it difficult for researchers to accurately analyze the virus, which they must do…
Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry on Display at Christie’s
Elizabeth Taylor’s sizable collection of jewelry, clothes and accessories is now on display at Christie’s in New York City. The 10-day exhibit showcases some of Taylor’s most famous baubles, including the 33-karat diamond ring La Peregrina, a diamond necklace from Michael Jackson and a massive sapphire and diamond medallion necklace from Richard Burton, as well as clothing, accessories and film memorabilia. Christie’s will host a jewelry auction on December 13. Some of the proceeds from the exhibit will go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Click here for more.
Chapter 45 - Political Science, Part VII - Lights & Tunnels/1984, And The Band Played On, by Randy Shilts
As the implications of these two AIDS cases in Miami took shape, Lawrence began to sense that the AIDS epidemic was unfolding in separate waves, or more precisely, like different marathons begun at differing times. The first race was run by gay men with AIDS. Another race, run by recipients of blood products, had started much later, but its first runners had made it over the finish line in 1982, not much behind the runners of the first race. The hemophiliac’s wife who had moved from infection to disease so rapidly was like the runner of still another marathon, making it across the finish line with her husband, even though he had started much earlier than she. She simple needed less time to complete the course. The first cases in this or that remote state, and this or that country, were merely the leading edge of the first race, and the “winners” of the second race would be arriving soon, even though they were not yet visible. The bulk of the runners had yet to come within sight of the race’s end.
Standing at the finish line, the Centers for Diseases Control & Prevention (CDC) was only clocking the arrival times. With the blood cases, where an infection date could be objectively ascertained by transfusion records, the CDC saw only the average times of the swiftest runners, who came down with AIDS two, four, or six months after their transfusion. The people who already had withstood two, three or four years of incubation were yet to come.
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I came across this quote in the midst of reading the book “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts. Roger Lyons was an AIDS activist who testified before Congress in 1983.
In my mind, I immediately made the connection between his statement about red tape and the AIDS red ribbon. I had the desire to visualize that connection juxtaposed with his words by designing this image.
Originally, I wondered if the “red tape” that had stalled the progress of combating AIDS in its early years was what had inspired the red ribbon.
Reading on Wikipedia, I found this…
Inspired by the yellow ribbons honoring American soldiers serving in the Gulf war, the color red was chosen for its, “connection to blood and the idea of passion — not only anger, but love, like a valentine.” First worn publicly by Jeremy Irons at the 1991 Tony Awards, the ribbon soon became renowned as an international symbol of AIDS awareness, becoming a politically correct fashion accessory on the lapels of celebrities. At the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert held at Wembley Stadium, London on Easter Sunday 1992, more than 100,000 red ribbons were distributed among the audience, with performers such as George Michael wearing one. The Red Ribbon continues to be a powerful force in the fight to increase public awareness of HIV/AIDS and in the lobbying efforts to increase funding for AIDS services and research.
I am about 3/4 of the way through reading “And The Band Played On” and have been reading it in conjunction to working on my AIDS physical computing project as a companion resource.
It is fascinating and disturbing at the same time how electrical systems mirror epidemiology and vice versa. They are both systems of input and output that work for or against society’s advantage when conditions are opportunistic or not.
One metaphor used in the book to describe the United States AIDS outbreak is that of a marathon race…something…I think I will come back to in a later post.
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
My goal is to examine how Arduino can be used to engage users in a meaningful and participatory experience that establishes a physical, emotional and intellectual connection with the current state of the AIDS epidemic.
For example, below are three facts that I used in the Processing project. My current test question is how can I best convey this factual information through a physical computing event?
I am going to examine each of these facts over the course of the next several posts exploring potential scenarios with hardware, etc. to best embody them in a physical computing event sequence.
1) Every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV.
2) Over 1 million people in the US are living with HIV.
3) 1 out of 5 do not know they are infected with HIV.
In my next post, we will brainstorm concepts and possibly experiment a little with Fact #1.
This is a link to the final project for my Information Architecture graduate course. My Physical Computing project is evolving to pick up where this project left off integrating emerging media with HIV/AIDS outreach and education.
Every 9 1/2 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV.