PAST - FUTURE

MONUMENTS

[Workshop + Archive]

“The pursuit of memory may be an indication that our thinking and living temporality are undergoing a significant shift, as modernity [has] brought about a real compression of time and space - yet also expanded horizons of time and space beyond the local” - Andreas Huyssen (Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory,   2003.




1.) INTRODUCTION 


Often enormous, transcendent, celebratory, and foreboding - what exactly do monuments ask of spectators? to feel? to fear? to remember? to act? 

  Anthropologist John Guillory suggests; "Monuments insist that we engage with them on something approaching their own terms, as ends rather than means, and works rather than interpretive fields or instruments."1 A sentiment that rings only half-true, as global citzens find new ways to respond to historical monuments. 
Images: (Left)Manhattan Wrapped, 1965 ©Christo.
(Right)We the People, 2015 ©Danh Vo.


          
Maybe monuments and other public sculptures can honor everyday events, personal memories, pop culture, imaginary events, and more?
   

This workshop and digital archive utilizes the logic of monuments to (re)imagine the past, present, and future. Artists, and monument-makers, are asked to create a symbolic, sculptural form and dedicate their work to a moment of their choice. Student work is documented, labeled, and archived online.


2.) GUIDING QUESTIONS


+ What is a major event in the world that currently doesn’t have a monument?
+ Is there an existing monument that you’d like to see re-imagined?
+ How would you design a monument for an event you’d want to occur in the future?



3.) WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

[50 min]

Intro & Contemporary Artists
(8 minutes)
Monument Creation & Dedication
(30 minutes)
Documentation & Class Reflection
(10 minutes)


SUGGESTED MATERIALS:
Cardboard, Hot Glue, Markers, Paint, Colorful tape, Construction paper, Newspaper, Magazines, Cardboard Stapler, and Foam board. 

 LESSON PLAN PDF 
WORKSHEET PDF


4.) CONTEMPORARY CONNECTIONS


Contemporary artists look to monuments, artifacts, and memorials as a way to decipher the past, amend the present, and imagine the future. How do artists grapple with unjust histories? How can artist's find new ways to remember?

The projects featured below engage with the primary characteristics of monuments, but make distinct shifts in material, form, and subject matter in order to reconsider the monumental. 

SELECT CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS & PROJECTS:

Michael Rakowitz  May the Arrogant Not Prevail, 2010. 
Jeffery Gibson  ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House’, 2020. 
Krzysztof Wodiczko Tijuana Projection, 2001. 
Dahn Vo  We the People, 2014. 
Amanda Ross-Ho  Cradle of Filth, 2013. 
Amanda Williams  Color(ed) Theory, 2015. 
Christo Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele, 1970. 


Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House’, 2020 © Jeffery Gibson.
‘The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist’, 2018 ©Michael Rakowitz.

5.) MONUMENT ARCHIVE & DEDICATIONS

ARCHIVE EXAMPLE: Workshop hosted @ Harold L. Richards High School


BIBLIOGRAPHY:
1.) John Guillory, "Monuments and Documents: Panofsky on the Object of Study in the Humanities," History of Humanities 1, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 9-30. 


Workshop designed and lead by Amanda Konkol, for inquiries contact akonkol1@saic.edu.


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