Magazine article Humanities

Quilty Table

Magazine article Humanities

Quilty Table

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Saying you're going to the Smithsonian while visiting Washington, D.C., is a little like saying you're going to read the Bible over the weekend. So, when you hear somebody say that they viewed the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall this summer (implying that they laid their eyes on every one of the 91,000 names), you might well ask yourself, The whole thing?' The answer would probably be yes because for the first time, thanks to an interactive tabletop called Tilty Table, visitors could in fact take in the whole Quilt, every acre of its expanse up and down the Mall, without a single step.

The interactive browser, which displays the quilt on a Microsoft surface (facing page, top), was on hand in June as the actual AIDS Quilt was laid out in its entirety on the National Mall for the first time since 1996. Tilty Table can offer either a bird's-eye view or filter a database of AIDS Quilt images and provide results according to specific parameters. …

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