HILT participants are invited to attend special experiences on the UPenn campus and in the city of Philadelphia. Organized especially with our institute in mind, taking part in these experience also offers an opportunity to befriend fellow HILT participants outside of your classroom.
Friday, June 8 at 10:00 am
During the fall of 2017, the city of Philadelphia was the site of a giant public art and history project called Monument Lab which asked residents of the city as well as 20 artists from around the world to answer the question “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” By the end of fall, the project had produced countless conversations, and more than 4000 individual proposals for monuments that might/should/could exist in Philadelphia as well as temporary prototype monuments around the city.
Though the Labs and prototypes will be gone by June 2018, participants on this tour will visit 3-4 Monument Lab sites where temporary monuments were created or imagined, and experience immersive renderings of the artworks as they existed during the project. Based on 3d image and video captured during the project, this tour will invite participants to use various immersive technologies to explore the speculative monuments and engage in conversations with members of the curatorial and research team about the project.
The tour will spend considerable time re-visiting portions of the the “Sweet Chariot” App monument developed by Marisa Williamson. “Sweet Chariot is an interactive video scavenger hunt that guides users as they uncover a series of site-specific videos that reveal hidden moments in the landscape of historic Philadelphia, opening a window onto the African American struggle for freedom. The journey begins in historic Washington Square, and invites viewers to look for clues hiding in plain sight, including images on signs, plaques, and murals. Each unlocked video presents a creative and collaborative interpretation of a story from Philadelphia’s African American history.
The tour will begin at 10am and last approximately 3 hours.