For most New Yorkers, landmines are a distant danger they will never know or experience. But for millions, landmines are a daily and crippling threat. On April 4th, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) observes the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action by sharing an interactive exhibit to help New Yorkers understand just a hint of that fear.
The exhibit, entitled “Sweeper,” is a multi-sensory experience that combines visual, audio, physical, mobile and interactive installation elements. To experience the Sweeper exhibit, visitors need to download the Sweeper mobile app available at www.getsweeper.com. Using Apple's iBeacon technology, Sweeper provides an audio tour guide and beacons to simulate the experience of walking through a minefield. The exhibit also features poignant portraits of mine victims by renowned photographer Marco Grob, as well as educational and donation resources from UNMAS. Together, this experience is designed to bring awareness to the urgent need for landmine assistance.
Today, an invitation-only reception will kick off the one-day only exhibition with remarks from UNMAS Director Agnès Marcaillou, UN Japanese Ambassador Kazuyoski Umemoto, and Critical Mass CEO Dianne Wilkins, followed by guided tours through the exhibit. From 11am to 3pm, Sweeper will be open to guests by registration.
Dianne Wilkins, CEO of Critical Mass said, “At Critical Mass, we believe that technology should be used to make lives better – not worse -- around the world. We created Sweeper for UNMAS to raise awareness for efforts to rid the world of technologies that exist solely to cause destruction. We are anxious to see how people react to the experience and come together for #NoMoreMines.”