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The reclaiming of high capitalist real-estate and the opening of our eyes to the falsehood of the American dream allows us to bear witness to Richard Wright's “bosses of the buildings,” their violent subjugation, and profit before life exploitations. By claiming space within the walls and on the grounds of historic institutions, we tell the stories of our forgotten through the cultural objects purchased with their suffering and death to expose the questions hidden behind the answers. By utilizing a virtual landscape to augment a physical history, we rebuild an earnest foundation on top of the owner's bedrock. Filling these great halls with the voices of those gone and those left to carry the burden of grief and loss, we amend history through the virtual hacking of space with memorials to the countless lost hidden in plain sight, staking claim to expose the power structure’s status quo and an understanding that our blood is in the artifact.

“A society must assume that it is stable, but the artist must know, and he must let us know, that there is nothing stable under heaven”.

–James Baldwin

This project is named for Mariah Lotti. She died of an overdose on July 11, 2011. Mariah was nineteen years old.

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Mariah is an experimental augmented reality app that contains custom software requiring access to the user's camera and geolocative positioning (ground/plane location) of AR content. This data is used only for positioning the AR content at the user's location and is not stored or shared. As always, please use caution while using your phone, be aware of your surroundings, and do not trespass.

The Mariah app and website use Redaction—a typeface that charts the history and abuses of the US criminal justice system.

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Mariah is a collaboration between artists Heather Snyder Quinn and Adam DelMarcelle.