The Potential Project
An interactive, augmented reality conversation about the impact of violence in our city.
The Potential Project: 21 Stories of Trenton
The multimedia experience about each person can be viewed by scanning their square with the Artivive app. The exhibit includes stories of people lost, and of people who could have been lost but are still with us. After the gallery exhibit, we will install the yellow squares at locations connected to their stories. Each person's potential is part of the fabric of our city.
The Potential Project starts a new conversation.
Designed by Trenton-based multimedia artist and activist Bentrice Jusu, the project uses storytelling, visual art, photography and digital media to acknowledge the stories and lives of those we have lost to violence, and to imagine our community healing. The yellow square illustrates potential -- the potential of those lost, and the potential we all have to make a better city.
The project is grounded in Bentrice's own experiences with violence, including the loss of people she loved, and the lack of resources available to residents to process and prevent the cycle of trauma.
Our contributing artists have been working with community members who choose to share their stories, assembling multimedia artifacts about their lost loved ones, and creating new, interactive digital media reflecting on their lives. We will be adding stories to this website, along with resources for trauma and healing.
Bentrice will also be installing physical signs of the yellow square around the city at locations tied to these stories, to illustrate the relationship between trauma and place.
The full multimedia experience -- an augmented reality collage -- is viewable by scanning a sign with the free Artivive app (demo here). Join us at the exhibit at Artworks (June 14 - July 16, 2022) to see it in action.
Painting and digital illustration; documentary video; multimedia experience design
I’m using this project to really show how much potential our city has lost to violence - but I also want to show that each of us also has the potential to create a better city, where we can all heal together.
Photo: S. Bola Okoya
Demos + Conversations
The Potential Project @ Art All Night
Contributing artists Big Ooh, Hana, Terra, and Jennet discussed their work on The Potential Project with Bentrice during a virtual panel for Art All Night Trenton 2021.