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Nancy Baker Cahill is a multidisciplinary artist from Los Angeles, and she’s created a public art application called The 4th Wall AR app that allows people to place augmented reality art onto contested sites. Cahill used her 4th Wall AR app to place an art piece she calls “Unprotected” on top of the supreme court in order to highlight how women are unprotected as equals under the US Constitution since the Equal Rights Amendment currently remains unratified. She also talks about how there is a rush among states to outlaw abortion in their state in order to catalyze the repeal of Roe vs Wade at the Supreme court.

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I had a chance to catch up with Cahill at the XR for Change conference where she was showing a couple of her pieces of AR pieces commissioned by Desert X that allowed her to use art to highlight our relationship to the surrounding environment. She talks to me about her process of how she translates her 2D art style
into volumetric drawn virtual sculptures in virtual reality, and then exports the pieces so that they can be experienced as site-specific art work.

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She is also very collaborative in the artwork that she does in that she encourages a lot of collaboration either with her audience or in curating specific public art pieces throughout Los Angeles in collaboration with Homeboy Industries. She also encourages people to remix and play with her public art pieces, which can be found on the #4thWallApp hashtag on Instagram.

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Cahill is also inspired by a number of feminist philosophers who “imbue these very dry theories with blood and guts in a way that brings them to life, and allows you to synthesize them and use them creatively where they have added resonance in the work.” Her creative process is very much about tapping into the deep, rich unconscious and the generative and fertile realm of the id, but she is also really inspired by feminist philosopher who are able to bring their theories and philosophies into their live and making it animate, as the theory means nothing without having been a lived experience.

Here’s a list of recommended books that she mentions in the podcast:

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