Relative Connections-September 2008 at the Kimball Gallery, de Young Museum
We plan to be launching the website for this project by the end of February.
A person’s individual history is the universal string, tethering each of us to today and to our hope that we are more than ourselves. There are many reasons a person’s past can be lost. This is a project of the possibility of what can be found.
Relative Connections is a multidisciplinary project focused on the thirst for heritage. History is assembled from many sources and each is a relative construction, yet it is through history that we view the future. Relative Connections is an interactive art installation that engages us in the sharing of ancestral stories to be woven into a larger story or narrative.
How it works:
Example: David inputs his grandfather’s data and a connection comes up with another person, Alice who was a restaurateur from the same city and time frame. You could choose to make a story about how David’s grandfather came to know Alice, the restaurant, or other people in the restaurant. To enhance the elaboration the visitor can choose supporting items from your own or our source materials. This story is added to the database and the artists begin working on artifacts to verify the story’s existence.
Stories and objects will be incorporated into a diagram and continue to evolve as the art installation grows. As the number of individual histories increases, so will the possibilities. This is the material the artists will work with to weave a fabric of associations that may or may not have actually happened.
© 2007, Laura Parker, All rights reserved. Copyright information
Updated: December 10, 2009