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American Monument Think Tank Marathon

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American Monument

THINK TANK MARATHON

Friday March 6 - Saturday March 7

12-7pm


Beall Center for Art and Technology

Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI

American Monument is an artwork by lauren woods that examines the cultural conditions under which African Americans lose their lives to police brutality.

With Think Tank Marathon, scholars, lawyers, community activists, students, and artists will process and discuss issues and ideas raised by American Monument. Working inside the monument’s installation at the Beall Center, a chain of sessions will tackle topics such as sound and the law, case law and the Fourth Amendment, linguistics in relation to racial bias in the legal system, community activist response, and more. The marathon is co-sponsored by UCI Law’s Center for Law, Equality, And Race (CLEAR).


Participants include:


  • David Goldberg, Digital Media Theorist, Strategist and Developer

  • Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor and Associate Dean, UCI Law; Director, CLEAR

  • Sora Han, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UCI

  • Taylor Jones, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics

  • Hamid Khan, Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

  • James Lamb, JD Candidate 2020, UCI Law

  • Sara Mokuria, Co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality

  • Jasson Perez, Senior Research Analyst, Action Center on Race and the Economy

  • Jared Sexton, Professor of African American Studies, UCI


More to be announced


For more information, see https://beallcenter.uci.edu/exhibitions/american-monument


Sign up for American Monument updates here http://laurenwoodsartist.com/american-monument-mailing-list.html


American Monument has been made possible by the generous support of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, a founding and continuing grantor to the artwork; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the University of California Humanities Research Institute; UCI Advance Program for Equity & Diversity; and and the Beall Family Foundation. Additional backing comes from Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana.


American Monument is a participatory inter-media monument conceived as nomadic and continually expanding, moving across the country year-to-year, “unveiled” at universities, museums, storefronts, community centers, and churches. The artwork provides a vehicle for analyzing the complex relationship between the construction of race, material violence, structural power, and monumentality itself.

In 2018, American Monument initiated an extensive Freedom of Information Act request process. Close readings of use-of-force reports, prosecutor reports, witness testimonies, 911 calls, and body and dash cam videos revealed a consistent and disturbing problem: police use of white dominant cultural constructions and stereotypes of “Blackness,” mined from pop culture, to justify fatal violence.

The centerpiece of American Monument, Archive I, is an interactive sound sculpture. Encountering a grid of silently spinning black and white turntables on pedestals, visitors may choose to play an acetate record of audio materials gleaned from record requests, setting the apparatus and sound in motion. Each turntable represents one police murder. The sound is heard inside the interior space where the grid is located and simultaneously displaced outside the physical architecture of the monument, into locations unknown to the viewer. Supporting the main sculpture are reflection spaces to ponder law as a culture, including Archive II, which displays documents associated with each case represented in Archive I.


American Monument and its Think Tank Marathon is made possible by the generous support of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, a founding and continuing grantor to the artwork; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the University of California Humanities Research Institute; UCI Advance Program for Equity & Diversity; and and the Beall Family Foundation. Additional backing comes from Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana.

Special thanks to collaborators Sara Daleiden, Sora Han, Simon Leung, and Carol Zou


American Monument

October 5, 2019 - April 4, 2020

Beall Center for Art and Technology, UCI

Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm

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