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It is no secret that Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo neighborhoods of New York City were home to a group of prolific creatives — musicians, activists, writers and artists. However, plenty of present-day residents and tourists mill around these lower Manhattan neighborhoods without considering all of the rich history that surrounds them.

Village Preservation (GVSHP), devised a unique way to engage the public, revealing some of the unseen history through an interactive exhibition titled, “Village Voices.” 21 outdoor shadow boxes placed throughout Greenwich Village, the East Village and NoHo honor acclaimed figures like James Baldwin, Jackson Pollock and Lorraine Hansberry.

Membit provided the augmented reality component to the Bob Dylan and Billie Holiday boxes. Download the Membit app and begin at Christopher Park in Greenwich Village to experience these exclusive images of Dylan and Holiday in AR. Membit’s patented Human Positioning System™ allows passersby to see the photographs of the two singers exactly where they were originally taken.

“Membit is honored to be serving as the augmented reality partner for the ‘Village Voices’ exhibition,” said Membit CEO Jay Van Buren. “GVSHP has been a fantastic partner and recognizes the power of Membit as a storytelling platform. We are enthusiastic about the potential for more collaborations between our two organizations in the future.”

The shadowboxes will be available for viewing until Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

To learn more about the exhibition, read this fantastic New York Times article.


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