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On Hamburger Square by Samara Smith is a site-specific mobile media tour exploring the history and personality of Hamburger Square, while creating a contemporary digital monument. Utilizing smart phones and augmented reality technology, this project layers community stories over real-objects in Greensboro’s first town square. By mixing scavenger hunt play and documentary inquiry this project invites the audience to explore the square while learning about its history and the communities that intersect there.

The Site-Specific Tour
After downloading an augmented reality app, participants explore the square using a MAP to find nine objects in Hamburger Square. After locating an object, such as a park bench, monument, sign, or building, they frame it with their mobile screen to trigger an audio montage. Each object references a different period or theme, exploring the historical and current use and meaning of this public space. If you would like to experience the project in Hamburger Square, please see INSTRUCTIONS.

The Online Map
If you are unable to experience On Hamburger Square in Greensboro, NC, you can listen to the audio by exploring the interactive map on this website.

On Hamburger Square is part of Elsewhere’s South Elm Projects. Funded by ArtPlace America, South Elm Projects brought 15 national artists and collectives together with neighbors to create public artworks and programming in alleyways and greenspaces in the South Elm neighborhood of downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. The projects aim to further civic engagement, public commons and urban wilds in advance of and with development.

Community Participants

Irving Allen, Beloved Community Center

Gary Brame, Jules Antiques

Benjamin Briggs, Preservation Greensboro

Linda Evans, Greensboro Historical Museum

Judith Kastner, Preservation Greensboro

Alyzza May, Community Activist

Sijal Nasralla, Community Activist

Robert Powell, A&T State University

George Scheer, Elsewhere

Jim Schlosser, Journalist

Cortni Quarles, Historian

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