Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit

How does the past take shape? What happens in the process of coming to terms with the past? What social repercussions are associated with the rooting of history in monuments and memorials? How can those narratives be shifted or upended through alternative, innovative approaches to memorialization? These questions and many others are at the center of our project, Shaping the Past, a partnership between Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb)
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But as surely as the future becomes the past, the past becomes the future

Ursula K. Le Guin

Events

Shaping the Past: Black Digital Futures | Virtual Walking Tour + Talk with Quentin VerCetty © Quentin VerCetty

Virtueller Rundgang - Toronto
Black Digital Futures | Virtueller Rundgang und Gespräch mit Quentin VerCetty

​Der multidisziplinäre kanadische Künstler Quentin VerCetty hat auf einen virtuellen Rundgang durch die Innenstadt Toront eingeladen, dessen Ziel es war, die Denkmäler der Stadt unter besonderer Berücksichtigung vergessener Schwarzer Biografien neu zu entdecken. VerCetty ließ Publikum an seinem Rundgang durch die Innenstadt von Toronto teilhaben, hat biografische Kurzfilme schwarzer Führungspersönlichkeiten präsentiert, ein Live-Gespräch mit dem Künstler-Mentor Ken Lum führen und eine Frage-und-Antwort-Runde mit dem Publikum abgehalten. Sie werden von Prof. Dori Tunstall, Dekanin für Design an der Ontario College of Art and Design University, und der älteren Ginelle Skerritt begleitet, deren Arbeit sich darauf konzentriert, die Verbindung der afrikanischen Menschen zu Kunst, Kultur und Spiritualität für künftige Generationen wiederherzustellen. Das Projekt "Missing Black Technofossil Here" ist eine Intervention im öffentlichen Raum und ein Gespräch, das vom multidisziplinären kanadischen Künstler und Stipendiaten des Monument Lab, Quentin VerCetty, vorgeschlagen wurde.

Missing Black Technofossil Here © Quentin Vercetty

Virtual walking tour - Montreal
Missing Black Technofossil Here

Missing Black Technofossil Here is a public space intervention and conversation proposed by multidisciplinary Canadian artist and Monument Lab fellow Quentin VerCetty. Featuring a performance by multidisciplinary artist Laurie Rose Dauphine, as well as an introduction by Paul Farber, Director of the Monument Lab in Philadelphia.
 

Reflections on Dreaming and Black and Indigenous Futures © Alisha Wormsley

Artist Talk - Online
Reflections on Dreaming and Black and Indigenous Futures

Monument Lab fellow Alisha Wormsley and multi-disciplinary artist Suzanne Kite have introduced the public to their practice of collective community dreaming as a means to shape the past by daring to sculpt the future. 

The artist talk was moderated by Aline Baiana. 

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Our Fellows

The fellows for Shaping the Past come from Monument Lab's 2019 and 2020 fellowship cohorts and were selected from an applications pool of over 100 memory workers throughout North America and Germany with existing projects using art, activism, history, journalism, and other tools to approach monuments in their communities. Applications were reviewed by a jury representing the fields of art, history, and social engagement, who recommended applicants who demonstrated excellence, innovative processes and projects for public engagement.



















Our Partners

Shaping the Past is produced in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, Monument Lab, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education).


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