Blue Velvet
Re-dressing New Orleans in Katrina's wake
By David Theo Goldberg & Stefka Hristova
Design by Erik Loyer

Project Credits

To Erik Loyer, The Flash, designer extraordinaire, for whom no detail was too small and no burden too heavy. What other designer would take the time to careen down the 5 for a couple of hours for no other reason than to make sure the piece ran properly on your machine?

To Stefka Hristova, media magician, who made useable clips of found materials, and mapped us through landscapes we sometimes thought unnavigable.

To Tara McPherson, for asking and giving so much scope to experiment.

To Liu Sola for making available and so quickly such a perfectly inspiring composition.

To Richard Marciano, who upon learning of the piece went out of his way to provide a machine-readable version of the redlining map and associated data of New Orleans.

To George Lipsitz for bringing into play Carolyn Amba Hawthorne¹s version of ³Amazing Disgrace² on the World Saxophone Quartet¹s Political Blues.

To Henry Giroux for identifying the ³Keep Moving² image and for the insights of his book, Stormy Weather,² for which the image serves as a cover.

To all the mis- and displaced people of New Orleans, a small gesture that the city may be yours once more.
— David Theo Goldberg, University of California Humanities Research Institute, May 19th, 2008

David Theo Goldberg |
Director of the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute and Professor of Comparative Literature and Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. DTG is the co-founder of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences Advanced Collaboratory, and co-administers the Macarthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning Competition (www.dmlcompetition. net). He has published widely on race and racism, on social and political theory, on postcolonialism, on gender studies, and on technological trends in the humanities. He serves on the board of VECTORS, among numerous other journals and organizations.

Stefka Hristova
Information Architect
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Erik Loyer |
Designer Programmer
Erik Loyer's interactive artworks have been exhibited online and in festivals and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Prix Ars Electronica; and Transmediale. Loyer is the creator of The Lair of the Marrow Monkey, one of the first websites to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and Chroma, an award-winning web serial about the racial politics of virtual reality. As Creative Director for Vectors, he has designed numerous multimedia essays in collaboration with leading humanities scholars. Loyer's commercial portfolio includes Clio and One Show Gold Award-winning work for Vodafone as well as projects for BMW and Sony. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship, and his works have been honored in the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media and the California Design Biennial. Loyer has a B.A. in Cinema/Television Production from the University of Southern California.