Marking Absences – Shifting Narratives: What is the future of Monuments? (October 19-20)

Projecting the future

Projecting the future, © Alisha B. Wormsley - Library Street Collective


2 days, 4 sessions: join artists, architects, city officials, scholars, and activists to exchange ideas and contemporary practices for creating new contemporary monuments for our age.

Marking Absences - Shifting Narratives, organized by curator Niama Safia Sandy, will take place on 19 and 20 October and is hosted by 1014 and the Goethe-Institut.


Oct 19, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Conversation #1: Un/making a Monument

Un/making a Monument brings together artists Kenseth ArmsteadOlu Oguibe, and Lava Thomas with public art administrator Kayla G. Coleman to share their challenges and successes devising public art projects on the global stage. How are communities invited into the process of developing projects? How do artists and administrators envision art objects living on the landscape in the future? How has the public responded to the work? In what ways has the public inscribed these objects with their own ideas? Moderated by Desirée Gordon.

Registration: here - via Zoom

Oct 19, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Conversation #2: Projecting The Future

Tomie Arai and Alisha B. Wormsley are among the 2020 Shaping the Past fellows with Monument Lab and the Goethe-Institut. Individually, their work endeavors to hold space for who/what is already present and project their specific communities into the future against forces of structural racism (neglect, urban renewal, gentrification). Together, the two fellows will consider their practices at large, and methods for revisioning the past in ways that do not seek to harm.

Registration: here - via Zoom

Sound As Monument
Sound As Monument© Ricardo Robinson

Oct 20, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Conversation #3: Sound As Monument 

Every street, every city has an aural character and ephemeral texture. It is a document of the place, and the people who inhabit it, and the lives they lead. Each of the panelists, Arielle Julia Brown, La’Vender Freddy, and Natalie Hopkinson, grapples with the sonic textures of the places they work. Together they will delve into how sound functions as a monument to memory, whether it can heal and restore. The panel will interrogate whether advancing/acknowledging the culture of their sounds can be a functional framework for developing new futures for a community. Moderated by Arlette-Louise Ndakoze.

Registration: here - via Zoom

Oct 20, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Conversation #4: A Matter of Public Inspiration

A Matter of Public Inspiration invites a cross-section of those leading the charge to bring social justice to their communities to reflect on the landscape of their cities. At their best, monuments and public art installations can become part of a community’s psyche, acting as extensions of ourselves and our hopes and dreams. Naila Opiangah, Walter Cruz, Hank Willis Thomas, Jerald Cooper, and Kaneza Schaal share about the fixtures in their communities that have shaped and inspired them and functioned in their life. Moderated by Niama Safia Sandy.

Registration: here - via Zoom

A matter of public inspiration
A matter of public inspiration© Kenseth Armstead

For more Information visit: 1014.nyc/marking-absences

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