Hidden in Plain Sight is a mixed-media installation that shares stories of New York City street food vendors through interactive 3D printed sculptures of food carts and the people behind them.
In this series of portraits, each work features video and audio merged into 3D printed high-fidelity sculptures of food carts and the people behind them – Ana, Dany and Thiru. The piece offers a new approach to documentary, merging older media formats with newer technologies.
High fidelity 3D scanning techniques were explored in order to use the physical model of the cart as small canvas. When users interact with it, audio is triggered and the vendor starts sharing their stories in their own words. As the narrative unfolds, minimalistic animations that complement the audio tracks are mapped on top of the cart.
Immigrant communities are responsible for the creation of the iconic culture of street food that is so particular to NY. Together, the three people portrayed in the project reveal different pieces of a complex and broken street vending system.
In our current cultural climate, where immigration and cultural differences at the forefront of many conversations, this project aims to give both immigrant communities a chance to share their stories, and the broader public an opportunity to see the important and enriching cultural layers that exist beyond the food carts.