Second Meeting (March) Key Points

Collective Oral History Project

March 16, 2013 (6 in attendance)

1. Sharing projects, works, interesting findings that could contribute to collective oral history process

– Two of the participants share works they have done previously

– One participant shares artist squatting practices in South Korea (occupying evicted apartment buildings, using the abandoned territory as a stage for creative re-purposing and aestheticization)
Is this project political? (a critical question asked by group)

– We looked at a creative “oral history” project, which was overwhelmingly problematic (as determined by the group)
(consisted of a white film avant-garde film artist telling the stories of Chinese immigrants residing in “shift-bed” apartments; participants indicate that what was particularly problematic was how the stories of immigrants were undermined, their images were exploited, and the over-aestheticization/over-dramatization contributed to the depoliticization of a highly political situation)

2. Discussion: Continuing conversations on oral history methodologies, techniques, models

– Can we find models or examples of projects done before?

– What are the stories with which we would like to engage?

– How do we train ourselves or prepare for actual field work?

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