Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

685 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA

Wednesday July 11, 2012

1:15-1:29 PM: 22 Selected Attendees to Load Buses at DeNeve Round About

1:30 (departure) -4:30 PM (return)

Led by David Kim.

In collaboration with Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), this workshop considers community murals as documents of community formation. In the city with one of the most vibrant and prolific history of community murals in the U.S., SPARC has been organizing artists, activists and community members in LA for the past 30 years to represent various social and political issues confronting marginalized communities through this particular form cultural production that invites participation and sustained discussion. For archival studies, community murals also relate to emerging questions in the field, such as archival genres, human rights and materiality of memory, as well as more foundational issues of collective memory, preservation/conservation and digitization of records.

This workshop will take place at SPARC in Santa Monica, where the participants will observe its very active archives project and the innovative digital mural lab. The tour will be followed by a discussion session with the SPARC staff and moderated by the organizer on the following (but not limited to) topics:

– the history of community murals in LA and Chicano/a and the Civil Rights movement.
– site-specificity and alternate temporality of murals.
– cultural production and collective memory.
– preservation and conservation of murals.
– digital murals.

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