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The XYZ Atlas is an interactive project that maps

our collective experiences and sense of belonging.

 

Create your own hedonic atlas

as both mapmaker and traveler!

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X marks the spot! Where were you when...?

The science of where meets belonging.

"What if where I am is what I need?"

-Deborah Hay

"I am from . . .

I am running from . . .

I am running towards . . ."

-Alighta Averbukh

Why location and emotion?

Connect both and space becomes place.

Map the places that made you.

You belong here.

Our experiences drive our emotions.

Our emotions drive our behavior.

Our behaviors drive our health.


 

How are you - the whole of you?

How we feel reveals a need.

How do we navigate life with compassion and curiosity?

Feel.

Map.

Heal.

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where do you feel
belonging?

"You only are free when you realize
you belong no place —
you belong every place — no place at all.
The price is high. The reward is great...
More and more

I belong to myself."
-Maya Angelou

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projects

 

origin sTorY

 

Scroll through our Austin Catalog

and learn more about where we came from.

 

beginnings

We began in 2013 with founder Jennifer Chenoweth and since then we have shared...

 

125

in person immersive and interactive events in Texas

600,000+

stories archived in real-life

 

9 million

people reached online

Texas A&M

2016-17 College of Architecture's Office of Diversity funded by Mid America Arts Alliance & the National Endowment for the Arts

 

downTown Austin

2017 Project for Public Spaces and Southwest Airlines commissioned Heart of the Community Project, beta digital design, and informed Urban Design Initiative of Austin

Dell Medical

2017-2018 Partnered with Design Institute for Health and Dell Medical school to collaborate on digital platform at SXSW, Fusebox Festival, and presenting a TEDMED talk.

 

niantic & segd

2019 invited for the inaugural Augmenting Cities Conference presented by the Knight Foundation and Niantic, presented to the Society of Experiential Graphic Design, and featured VR installations at Theorist Fest.

Musa Dance at XYZ Atlas: Bryan and College Station for Cinco de Mayo

Musa Dance at XYZ Atlas: Bryan and College Station for Cinco de Mayo
Musa Dance at XYZ Atlas: Bryan and College Station for Cinco de Mayo

Musa Dance at XYZ Atlas: Bryan and College Station for Cinco de Mayo

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XYZ Atlas: Experience Map of Bryan and College Station

XYZ Atlas: Experience Map of Bryan and College Station

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XYZ Atlas: The Experience Map of Bryan & College Station

XYZ Atlas: The Experience Map of Bryan & College Station

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DIGITAL
PLATFORM

 
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The XYZ Atlas digital platform will record stories, reveal strategies,

and further cultural tourism; health & well-being;

public planning; diversity and inclusion.

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DIVERSITY &
INCLUSION

RECORD dataset outside of socio-economic status, for all ages, newcomers and longtime members of a community

reVeal areas on a map with little data for future outreach

 

furTher strategies to serve historically underrepresented communities and connect with the global majority

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HEALTh &
WELL-BEING

RECORD emotions with geo-located experiences

reVeal an anonymous dataset to understand perception, health, and well-being in communities

 

furTher creativity and survival patterns for self-reflection and healing

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PUBLIC
PLANNING

RECORD dataset for community leaders and urban planners

reVeal behavior in relation to current and historical stories and experiences

 

furTher understanding cultural perception of a place and planning for future

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CULTURAL
TOURISM

RECORD experiences adventuring historic and cultural landmarks

reVeal stories of the cultural history of a place through augmented reality (AR)

 

 

furTher real time awareness of where "high" and "low" experiences happen

 

eVenTs

  • XYZ Residency
    Feb 01, 10:00 AM – Sep 01, 1:00 PM
    ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    As part of the Latino Artist Access Program, XYZ Atlas and Fisterra host Jesus Peña Gonzalez and collaborators for a multi-disciplinary residency to curate an immersive and interactive live and live-streamed installation. The project is to invite all the Austinites to unify, learn, and beutify.
  • Draw Together
    Multiple Dates
    Apr 01, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Camp Esperanza, 780 S Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78741
    Draw Together is a mobile block parties for neighbors experiencing homelessness to move, make, and meditate together. Art creates solidarity, not charity. We are ATX strong. We belong.
  • Draw Together
    Multiple Dates
    Mar 04, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Camp Esperanza, 780 S Hwy 183, Austin, TX 78741
    Draw Together is a mobile block parties for neighbors experiencing homelessness to move, make, and meditate together. Art creates solidarity, not charity. We are ATX strong. We belong.
 
our Team
Jennifer Chenoweth

Founder & Treasurer

 

Chenoweth makes contemporary art in any material that fits the idea, from drawings to large sculpture to interactive collaborative projects. Her recent collaborative project the XYZ Atlas reached a wide audience and culminated in a TEDMED talk released in 2018. She now curates the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel in Austin, Texas to consider the purpose of our lives in the context of a historical cemetery.

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Amy
Morrow

Executive Director

Amy Morrow's vision is to belong wholeheartedly to ourselves, each other, and the environment. She notices patterns, possibilities, and connects people with tools to empower their fullest expression. As a dancer, the body is a teacher of past stories and seeds for future hope living inside us right here right now.

Marta
Stefaniuk

Project Manager

Marta is a skilled Brand Strategist and Producer that specializes in digital marketing, experiential events and integrated media. Her strong capacity for entrepreneurial thinking, and years as a Creative Director, enable her to find innovative solutions to conquer, smooth out or jump over any obstacles her clients present.

Ricardo
Guerrero

Board Member

Ricardo Guerrero is a digital and social media specialist who helped Dell reach its Spanish language customer base through online marketing. Ricardo helps Fisterra with digital strategy, communications and innovation.

Emily
Pratte

Board Chair

Emily Pratte, an experienced events producer for organizations such as SXSW, The Texas Tribune, the Umlauf Garden Party, and more. A skilled communicator, she has been invaluable Fisterra’s extensive events and production.

Dr. Stephen
Caffey

Board Member

Dr. Stephen Caffey is an art historian, curator and critic who understands fine art within social and historical context. He advises on thinking bigger, and linking art to place and people.

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