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