I initially thought about analyzing what role does the urban space play in the stories of the interviewees. More than the space in itself, I thought it would have been interesting to cross some economical factors related to the city, and the areas in which their experiences were described. Other projects have already done this. I’m thinking of a project co-designed by CUNY, MIT and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, who did a mapping of the consumer patterns of Lottery in New York City, by collecting extensive data on the issue. (See project here)
However, this proposal wasn’t a great idea for only a 15 women data collection. After Andrew’s class, it was pretty obvious that with such a small amount of data it was better to propose something qualitative rather than quantitative.
So I thought that an interesting proposal for the Geospatial Mapping would be to take the women’s narratives and experiences OUT of the museum space, OUT of the exhibition. In order to do so, I imagine the distribution of fifteen pylons or poles throughout Brooklyn, corresponding to the 15 voices we will hear in the exhibition. This poles will be the could be the qualitative connectors between the women’s memories and experience (their voices) and the everyday-life atmosphere in the places they describe, that are still there, and are still real. I imagine a very simple pole (see the child-like drawing), with an explanation of the History Moves project, and about the individual women that pole represents. The pole would include a web-cam, that would film in real time whatever the pole is looking at.
At the same time, in the museum space, fifteen small screens would be showing live the different urban spots where the poles were installed. Each screen should have its own headphones in which the visitor should hear chunks of the woman’s interview. This way, the visitor would have an audiovisual experience. Hearing the woman’s voice of experiences in places in a remote time, would collapse with the image of that very same spot, nowadays, with his regular life. This could raise interesting questions about Oral History and the real places in which narrated took place, as well as
An interesting art installation by Dora García made me think of this proposal. The installation, called The Kingdom, is a webcam in the main hall of the Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona (MACBA), to which any internet user can access to it in real time. This web cam has been installed for years and is a reflection on the democratization of surveillance tools. You can visit it here: EL REINO. (+ info)