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 12 | Social Media Takeover: Joel Garcia

October 12 | Counter Memories: Joel Garcia

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

October 14 | Los Angeles: Unmonumenting, Science and Strategy

October 17 | Montreal: Missing Black Technofossil Here: Virtual Walking Tour & Website Launch

October 18 | Kansas City: Artist Talk with Alisha Wormsley "There are Black People in the Future

October 19-20 | New York: Marking Absences - Shifting Narratives

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

October 22 | Boston: Listening to History: Sound, Space, and Remembrance

October 23 | Toronto: Black Digital Futures - Virtual Walking Tour and AR Launch 

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

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

October 28 | Film: What Remains / Re-Visited

October 28 | Boston: Listening to History: Revisiting Memory through Narrative Soundscape Compositions

October 29 | Chicago: Future Memory

October 31 | Montreal: Reflections on Dreaming and Black Indigenous Futures 

November 16-21| Houston: Virtual Artist Residence: There are Black People in the Future

November 25 | Film: Becoming Black

Local EvenTs

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

October 12 | Los Angeles
Future Ancestral Monuments

October 13 | Los Angeles
Civic Displace 

October 31 | Washington, DC
Empty Pedestals

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