This project uses work I am doing with youth as well as my own personal reflections on and creations of community history to create multi-media representations of history both online and offline.
If you were given the chance to tell your own story, what would you say? How would you show people who you, your family and your community are?
Do you see representations of yourself in the media already? Do they portray what you and your life is really like?
As a part of the Re-Mapping Our (his)Stories project, participants will learn the skills and be able to create your own (his)story in the form of audio tracks, zines, still pictures and even video. The finished product will become part of an archive, or collection, where people all over the world can share their own story and hear and learn from everyone elses.
Over the next year, I, Helyx Chase will be working with youth programs in Philadelphia, and Amherst MA to think about and create the stories of their communities in their voices. Additionally, I will be creating a website that allows participants as well as public contributors to upload and map their stories both geographically and through the use of data mapping technology.
This project has the potential to be an amazing experience for me and the youth who participate. In addition, the end product will be an ever changing public historical archive that can be used to research and contribute to history. We are at a crucial point in history and it is necessary that all voices are included in the documentation and creation of history.
This will not be possible without the support of individual donors, I have little personal financial resources to turn to and hope to raise most of the money via small scale donations and private as well as public grants. Please donate what and when you are able to, everything counts and I am grateful for every penny.
Conduct personal research on my family's and community's history.
Work with youth to help them research and create media representations of history.
Construct a multi-media installation that re-maps and questions our perspectives on history, time and space.
Create an interactive, collaborative online archive that breaks away from the cycle of linear history, using geographic and data-based maps to portray history.
Remember to spread the word to family and friends and remind them to do the same!
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