Chicago Torture Justice Memorials

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project invites artists and justice seekers to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize the Chicago police torture cases. Our goal is to honor the survivors of torture, their family members and the African American communities affected by the torture. The monument will also recall and honor the nearly two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago.

Upcoming Event: Creative Activism and the CTJM

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Creative Activism and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Thursday, November 10, 6-8pm
South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave.
Facebook event page

JOIN US to explore the use of creative activism in the struggle for justice
in the Chicago police torture cases. Civil rights attorney Larry Kennon
will host this dialogue with torture survivors, artists and activists.

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project invites artists and justice
seekers to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize the
Chicago police torture cases. Our goal is to honor the survivors of
torture, their family members and the African American communities affected
by the torture. The monument will also recall and honor the nearly
two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their
families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every
neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago.

Sponsored by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Black People Against
Police Torture, and The Propeller Fund

http://chicagotorture.org/

Torture Survivors: A Roundtable

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Torture Survivors: A Roundtable
Saturday, October 29, 4-6pm
NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Student Lounge
700 E. Oakwood Blvd, Chicago
RSVP on the Facebook event page
Torture survivors–Darrell Cannon, Mark Clements, David Bates and Anthony Holmes–will speak about their experiences and share their insights on the creation of a monument to memorialize the Chicago police torture cases and the ongoing struggle for justice.
The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project invites artists and justice seekers to submit proposals for a speculative monument to memorialize the Chicago police torture cases. Our goal is to honor the survivors of torture, their family members and the African American communities affected by the torture. The monument will also recall and honor the nearly two-decades long struggle for justice waged by torture survivors and their families, attorneys, community organizers, and people from every neighborhood and walk of life in Chicago.
Sponsored by the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project and the NEIU Sociology Department, African American Studies Program and the Women’s Studies Program

Propeller Fund Grant

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CTJM is pleased to have received a grant from the Propeller Fund. These funds will help to continue this work into the coming year. Propeller hosted a ceremony last night honoring the 15 winners of the 2011 Propeller Fund awards, which serve to promote informal and self-organized creative activity in the Chicago area. The awards ceremony was presented in conjunction with the Hand in Glove Conference and MDW Fair.

Last Week’s Charrette

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Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.

Last week CTJM hosted a charrette at Experimental Station, a neighborhood arts and ecology center in the Woodlawn area. We were visited by Tempestt Hazel of Sixty Inches From the Center, a web archive documenting art in Chicago. Below is their report from the event and some photos they took.

After nearly four decades of build up, our city’s history with police torture reached a turning point in 2010 with the trial of Jon Burge, the former commander of the Chicago Police Department accused of coercing confessions out of over one hundred wrongfully accused individuals through inhumane methods. Burge’s sentencing in January brought a small, in terms of years of incarceration, yet significant sense of justice to a series of acts that devastated an inexcusable number of individuals, families and an entire community since 1972.

Although Burge is behind bars for what he did over the years, the residue of his actions still exists. In an effort to call attention to these injustices and the long road it took to get the voices of those affected heard, the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project was created. This initiative is calling on artists, community members and organizers, activists and those directly affected to come together and create a monumental public act or object dedicated to the cause and its effects. They are currently accepting proposals. On August 7th, I took a trip toExperimental Station during one of the charrettes, a design workshop and brainstorming session where participants took part in stream of consciousness writing from prompts, tossed around the possibilities of how these memorials could manifest and Chicago artist Preston Jackson shared his experience with creating public memorials.  The following are some photos from that session.

Interested in submitting your idea for a monument, joining the efforts or just learning more about the project?  Visit http://chicagotorture.org.

 

(Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel.)

Design Workshop/Charrette August 7 in Woodlawn featuring Preston Jackson

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For proposals in all media

August 7, 2011, 12 noon – 4:00 pm, 
Potluck to follow starting at 4 pm

Experimental Station at 61st and Dorchester

Please join us for a design workshop in the Woodlawn neighborhood  to generate ideas for proposals for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.

The charrette is an intensive planning and design session where project organizers and artist-mentors offer contextual/historical insights and work with participants to facilitate creative work.

12 noon – 1 pm: An introduction to the project for those who are new to it.

1 – 3:00 pm: Creativity exercises and small group discussions to generate ideas for proposals in all media and forms.

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Artist Preston Jackson will present examples of his work creating public memorials, including a bust of Fred Hampton, and a memorial to the Springfield Race Riot (www.prestonjacksonart.com).

This workshop/charrette on August 7 will consider a wide range of media and formats for memorial proposals. We envision holding future charrettes at schools, prisons, community centers, churches, and other sites over the next 6 months. Some of these will address creating proposals in specific formats, for example: music, dance, site-based sculpture, spoken word, etc. Please continue to check our website (or email us at: justicememorials@gmail.com) for information on future charrettes.

Mess Hall Residency continues

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Friday, July 23,

PechaKucha Presentations: Memorials That Do Political Work

7:00-9:00pm

Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood

Ten speakers will present short presentations exploring the memorial form and some of its most interesting and relevant examples.

Pecha Kucha is a public lecture format invented in Japan by Klein Dytham architects as a way to offer many different creative perspectives in one evening, and to prevent each speaker from talking too much! Each speaker shows 20 slides with 20 seconds for each slide, a total of 6 minutes and 45 seconds per speaker. The slides move forward automatically, so there is no dilly-dallying.

The name (invented in Japan) is meant to signify the sound of conversation.

The goal is to think through the memorial form together, and to explore its most interesting or most successful iterations.

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Saturday, July 24 — Roundtable Discussion:

What political work can a memorial project do?

3:00-5:00pm

A Roundtable Discussion on the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project (http://chicagotorture.org/) is the final event in a two-week residency at Mess Hall.  We invite you to discuss the project—its intentions, goals, potential outcomes, and possible problems—with the project organizers, advisory board members, and allies.

We will begin with three short (5 min.) presentations, each of which offers up different questions and concerns that might structure our discussion and then turn to a moderated open discussion amongst all in attendance.

Presenters:

Mario Vanegas, Chilean torture survivor
Mary Fabri, Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, in Rogers Park
Sali Vicki Casanova, Artist, Activist, Black People Against Torture

Roundtables are a mode of producing knowledge-in-common. These are public events to which all are welcomed. Each roundtable discussion is structured around a set of key questions, and is an attempt to bring together different individuals or organizations that may not habitually encounter each other directly. Roundtable discussions are always paired with food!

Thursday, July 14, Opening Exhibition at Mess Hall

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Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood

6:30-7:00pm—Reception
7:00-8:00pm–Presentations on “Forgetting to Remember: The Meaning of Memorials”
8:00-8:30pm–Q & A

The opening for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (http://chicagotorture.org/) residency at Mess Hall (July 14 –July 24) will feature an exhibition on the Chicago Police Torture Cases and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project and will include presentations by:

Flint Taylor (People’s Law Office): “The Chicago Police Torture Cases”
Adam Green (University of Chicago): “Collective Memory & the Memorial Form”
Stephen Eisenman (Northwestern): “Torture Imagery and the Pathos of Memory”

Come find out more about the project and pick up a copy of the open call.

more launch pictures

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Pictures from Project launch

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CTJM in residence at Mess Hall July 14 – 23

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CHICAGO TORTURE JUSTICE MEMORIALS RESIDENCY AT MESS HALL!

The Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) project (http://chicagotorture.org/) is in residency at Mess Hall (www.messhall.org) from July 14-July 24.

Please join us at one or all of these events at Mess Hall!

1) Thurs. 7/14 – Exhibition Opening:  Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (6:30-9:00pm)

2) Sat. 7/16 – Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Design Workshop/Charrette (Noon-4:00pm)

3) Mon. 7/18 – Film Screenings: Against Forgetting, Torture and Memory (6:30-8:30pm)

4) Wed. 7/20 – Double Feature Lecture Series: The (Im)possibility of Solidarity: Responding to Torture

(7:00-9:00pm)

5) Fri. 7/22 – PechaKucha Presentations: Memorials That Do Political Work (7:00-9:00pm)

6) Sat. 7/23 – Roundtable Discussion on the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project:  What political work can a memorial project do? (3:00-5:00pm)

———————ALL THE DETAILS——————–

1) Thurs. 7/14 – Exhibition Opening:  Chicago Torture Justice Memorials 6:30-7:00pm—Reception

7:00-8:00pm–Presentations on “Forgetting to Remember: The Meaning of Memorials”

8:00-8:30pm–Q & A

The opening for the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (http://chicagotorture.org/) residency at Mess Hall (July 14 –July 24) will feature an exhibition on the Chicago Police Torture Cases and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project and will include presentations by:

Flint Taylor (People’s Law Office): “The Chicago Police Torture Cases”
Adam Green (University of Chicago): “Collective Memory & the Memorial Form”
Stephen Eisenman (Northwestern): “Torture Imagery and the Pathos of Memory”

Come find out more about the project and pick up a copy of the open call.

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2) Sat. 7/16 Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Design Workshop/Charrette, Noon-4:00pm

Lead by artists and SAIC Professors Laurie Palmer, Preston Jackson, and Ellen Rothenberg with artists Carla Mayer and others.

While there is no way to fully understand the trauma and isolation of torture if one hasn’t experienced it, we also feel a pressing need to collectively respond to, and try to process, the Chicago Police Torture events, their ongoing effects on individual lives, and the structural racism that made these events possible. Developing proposals for memorials to these events and to the survivors is one way to start to do this. The first Design Workshop/charrette for CTJM offers an opportunity to begin to develop ideas for memorial proposals. We will share information about the torture events, discuss many different issues related to them, brainstorm access points and approaches, look at and discuss a wide variety of memorial forms as inspiration, and even begin to flesh out concrete ideas. It is not necessary to consider yourself an artist or a designer to generate powerful ideas — for those who desire collaboration with an artist or designer to help materialize their ideas, this workshop will offer ways to link up with collaborators as well.

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3) Mon. 7/18 — Film Screening–Against Forgetting: Torture and Memory 6:30-8:30pm

Calling all filmmakers, artists, activists & abolitionists!

As part of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (http://chicagotorture.org/) residency at Mess Hall, artist and SAIC Professor Mary Patten curates an evening of experimental films and documentaries.  These films take up the theme of torture and document responses to it in a whole range of contexts while also functioning as memorials of a kind in their own right.

Line-up includes selections from:

Harun Farocki’s Inextinguishable Fire
Rea Tajiri’s’ History and Memory
Spike Lee’s if god is willing and da creek don’t rise
& films by Yael Bartana

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4) Wed. 7/20 — Double Feature Lecture Series—The (Im)possibility of Solidarity: Responding to Torture

7:00-9:00pm

As part of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (http://chicagotorture.org/) residency at Mess Hall, this special Double Feature event takes on the utter alienation suffered by those who survive torture, explores torture’s power, as a practice, to call into question our fundamental belief in the efficacy of the human social community, and considers the challenge of devising community responses that address the devastating effects of torture, including the isolation which torture imposes in its moment, and maintains after  – possibly ever after – for those who have suffered it.

Presenters:

Adam Green (University of Chicago)
Alice Kim (Director, The Public Square)

The Double Feature Lecture Series is an evening of presentations pairing two creative practitioners: scientists, visual artists, performers, musicians, writers, farmers, business people, community workers, activists or academics. Mess Hall invites a single presenter who in-turn invites an additional speaker to join them on the same night. The second presenter may be a friend, acquaintance or stranger whose work could be related thematically, formally, or by technical or creative process.

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5) Fri. 7/22 — PechaKucha Presentations: Memorials That Do Political Work 7:00-9:00pm

Ten speakers will present short presentations exploring the memorial form and some of its most interesting and relevant examples.

Pecha Kucha is a public lecture format invented in Japan by Klein Dytham architects as a way to offer many different creative perspectives in one evening, and to prevent each speaker from talking too much! Each speaker shows 20 slides with 20 seconds for each slide, a total of 6 minutes and 45 seconds per speaker. The slides move forward automatically, so there is no dilly-dallying. The name (invented in Japan) is meant to signify the sound of conversation. The goal is to think through the memorial form together, and to explore its most interesting or most successful iterations.

———————

6) Sat. 7/23 — Roundtable Discussion on the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project:  What political work can a memorial project do?

3:00-5:00pm

A Roundtable Discussion on the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project (http://chicagotorture.org/) is the final event in a two-week residency at Mess Hall.  We invite you to discuss the project—its intentions, goals, potential outcomes, and possible problems—with the project organizers, advisory board members, and allies.

We will begin with three short (5 min.) presentations, each of which offers up different questions and concerns that might structure our discussion and then turn to a moderated open discussion amongst all in attendance.

Presenters include:

Mario Vanegas, Chilean torture survivor
Mary Fabri, Senior Director, Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture, in Rogers Park
Sali Vickie Casanova, Cultural Artist/Educator, Black People Against Police Torture

Roundtables are a mode of producing knowledge-in-common. These are public events to which all are welcomed. Each roundtable discussion is structured around a set of key questions, and is an attempt to bring together different individuals or organizations that may not habitually encounter each other directly. Roundtable discussions are always paired with food!

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