This is a story about connection. The MIT Media Lab City Science group presents an immersive view into the worlds of three women in three settlements: Eva in Guadalajara, Mexico; Gihan in Cairo, Egypt; and MamaG inPort Harcourt, Nigeria. Through visual storytelling and projection mapping on domestic objects, we experience activities from the mundane to the surreal, from the deeply meaningful to the inconsequential. We visit the fringe neighborhoods and community centers of Guadalajara, the vertical slums and bustling streets of Cairo, and the tiny homes and crowded markets of PortHarcourt. In the lives of each individual, we examine the micro and the macro, from the gentle care of fixing one’s hair each morning to the cultural swells of holidays, religious ceremonies, and funerals. In these places, far from our own, we learn and inquire, we gather and we listen, in the hope of better understanding the complexity of the world around us and new possibilities for how we will live together in the future.
How does rapid urbanization impact informal communities, and how do we define culture, place, ownership, and womanhood?