Download the “Touch Our Future” mobile app available for iOS below. You can “lend a hand” to the artwork today.
“Touch Our Future” is a web and mobile interactive art installation by Drue Kataoka in collaboration with Embrace Innovations. The goal of the artwork is, through participation, to raise awareness for infant mortality and insight into the similar yet different experiences of global motherhood. Hand traces from mothers and babies in 14 developing countries were collected and are featured in the constantly changing digital interactive artwork hosted here at: http://TouchOurFuture.org
Created by artist Drue Kataoka in collaboration with Embrace co-founder Jane Chen, “Touch Our Future,” aims to shine a light on the fact that three million babies die every year in the first 28 days of life, according to the World Health Organization. Put in starker terms: one baby dies every six minutes. But what’s more shocking? Many of these deaths are preventable. Kataoka’s art installation brings focus to these startling numbers to rally awareness and funds for this critical issue.
Leaders & activists across disciplines have already participated in the artwork by each lending their hand trace including: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, + 17 Nobel Peace Prize laureates / heads of Nobel Peace Prize winning organizations, Chelsea Clinton, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Christy Turlington, Stella McCartney, Heidi Klum, Arianna Huffington, Stanford University President John Hennessy, award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud and many more.
Artist Drue Kataoka (www.Drue.Net) creates at the crossroads of art and technology. Having integrated ancient Japanese brush painting techniques with brainwave installations, mirrors, and even time dilation, her work spans disciplines. In 2008, she created art for the first art exhibit in zero gravity at the International Space Station. Kataoka was named a Cultural Leader and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, & invited to give a solo exhibition at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. Her recent work has been featured on CNN, CBS, ABC, Barrons, Wired Magazine and others. She is a recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute’s award for social service, and is a co-founder of Aboomba (www.aboomba.com), the platform for Intelligent Style. Kataoka is a graduate of Stanford University.