Mess Hall Residency continues

by chicagojusticememorial2011

Friday, July 23,

PechaKucha Presentations: Memorials That Do Political Work


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.


Saturday, July 24 — Roundtable Discussion:

What political work can a memorial project do?


A Roundtable Discussion on the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project ( 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.


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!