Damien Lamar McDuffie

Creative Technologist

Damien Lamar McDuffie is a creative technologist, digital archivist, and developer primarily concerned with augmented reality (AR) art experiences. He uses Black family and historic visual archives to make collage art and tell stories of neighborhood histories hidden in plain view. Influenced by Dr. Huey P. Newton’s treatise on “The Technology Question,” he developed an augmented reality camera app and platform for Black archives and culture called Black Terminus AR. By way of Into the Archives, his ongoing gallery exhibition series, he uses photo collage and augmented reality to extend still photos from his personal family archive and artwork into a new dimension. Each archival/art piece is taken from the family archival collections of a range of disparate family members and showcased as open-air museums of historic Black neighborhoods. His mission is to keep redlining out of the metaverse by developing and inspiring the next generation of Black creative technologists to use personal archives and still photography as a way into creative tech.