Honour the life of Joe Rose with AR


Joe Rose was a Dawson nursing student and AIDS activist who wanted to start a Montreal edition of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), an international grassroots political group that is working to end the AIDS pandemic. While attending Dawson in 1985, he founded the Etcetera Club, a safe space for LGBT students. On March 19, 1989, he was brutally murdered by four teenagers as he got off a city bus.

To honour his story, the local activist and multi-media artist Mathilde Geromin will be guiding a series of workshops over the upcoming weeks to support students in the creation of an augmented reality (AR) ‘vignette’ — texts, photos, and videos — so people can learn about Joe’s legacy.

The students’ visual works will then be displayed through the AR Cité app, an ECQ-funded project that aims to reveal some of the hidden histories in and around the Dawson community using AR.

Student participation in the project may count as one credit towards a Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate or towards specific course assignments under advance teacher approval.


April 6: Choice of media/research and ideation

April 13: Debriefing/the first draft of research and media/production

April 20: Support student production

Mid-May (TBD): Final editing and presentation

All workshops will be hosted in Room 3B.6 at 6pm.

For further info, contact Reisa Levine at rlevine@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

To find out more about AR Cité, see http://arcite.ca/

Last Modified: April 6, 2022