Speculative Archiving and Situated Memorialization II: an Art Workshop with Amy Balkin


A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting

Join PPEH Artist-in-Residence, Amy Balkin, for a two-part speculative art-making workshop. The workshop will engage with archives and rapid-response collecting, and memorials as engaged resources for citizen action. Work will be focused on sites in Pennsylvania where communities are living with the aftermaths of industrial pollution, in conversation with PPEH’s ongoing Futures Beyond Refining initiative. Among the questions to be considered are: What can speculative archiving and memorialization offer in response to crises of industrial pollution? How might you create a speculative archive that is engaged in some way with citizen action? What are the current politics of rapid response collecting? How do archives and memorials perform? Participation will be capped at 20. Registered participants will be expected to attend both sessions -- October 15 and October 22.


See our Futures Beyond Refining page for further context.


Image: A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting (2012—ongoing), New York USA Collection (Annex I, II, B) contributed by Adriane Colburn and Tyler Henry.
Credit: Amy Balkin et al.
Image Credit: Mary Lou Saxon.
Courtesy of the Archive