Special Event Series Shaping the Past: Memory Month

Blue Background with Text: Shaping the past, Memory Month Kick off, October 8-9 Studio Aorta

Thu, 10/08/2020 -
Thu, 12/31/2020


Innovative Forms of Memory Culture

We are proud to present Shaping the Past: Memory Month - a month-long virtual and in-person program series highlighting and discussing ongoing critical memory interventions in sites and spaces, and in particular, monuments, in North America and Germany. The program features Monument Lab transnational Fellows, as well as prominent international voices in the field.  

Shaping the Past is a partnership between Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb (German Federal Agency for Civic Education). The project connects to the activist and artistic work of local, national, and transnational movements as a reflection of memory culture, and discusses new perspectives on forms of memory.   

Virtual Events

October 8-9 | Shaping the Past Town Hall (with Spanish and German interpretation)

October 13 | Instagram Live with Thalia Fernández Bustamante (Spanish)

October 14 | Unmonumenting, Science and Strategy

October 19-20 | Marking Absences - Shifting Narratives

October 20 | Discussion: Commemoration of public conflict in public space (Spanish)

October 24 | Digital Conference: Commemoration of public conflict in public space (Spanish)

October 27 | Instagram Live with Sergio Beltrán-García (Spanish)

October 28 | Film: What Remains / Re-Visited

October 29 | Future Memory

October 31 | Reflections on Dreaming and Black Indigenous Futures 

November 25 | Film: Becoming Black

Local EvenTs

September 5 - December 12 | Kansas City
There are Black People in the Future

October 12 | Los Angeles
Future Ancestral Monuments

October 13 | Los Angeles
Civic Displace 

October 17 | Montréal
Missing Black Technofossil Here

October 17 | Washington, DC
Empty Pedestals

October 23 | Toronto
Black Digital Futures

October 31 - December 31 | Seattle
Exhibition: Story Porch

December 3 - May 1 | Chicago
Exhibition: There is Black Housing in the Future,
Equitable Public Housing as Memorial