Jul 14th 2018

Join us for a Field Trip to the Chicago Artists Archive Festival!

The CAAF is a two-day gathering at Read/Write Library that focuses on legacy preservation and archive nurturing for Chicago’s artists, curators, and cultural producers working in art and design put on my Sixty Inches from Center. The festival runs from Friday, July 13th through Saturday, July 14th and we encourage you to attend as much as your excited heART is able. We will be focusing this Field Trip on two of the festival’s panels; Artists + Archives Roundtable 2-3pm & Taking Control of Your Records 3-4pm.

Artists + Archives Roundtable 2-3pm //
When given direct and generous access to archives, artists have found new ways to re-contextualize, interpret, and breathe new life into historic materials. For this discussion we will give the floor to visual artists, curators, writers, and arts educators who are using archives as a launching point for their research-based and archive-centered practices, and the archivists who work with them. With Emilio Rojas, H. Melt, Huong Ngo, Ivan Lozano, Samantha Hill, Mel Leverich (Leather Archives & Museum), Analu Lopez (Newberry Library), Nell Taylor (Read/Write Library). Moderated by Kate Hadley Toftness.

Taking Control of Your Records 3-4pm //
Speakers will discuss the role that records play in their work and touch on the ways that preservation, access, and digital security can be used as a form of resistance in the face of historical erasure and the targeting/marginalization of our communities. This session will introduce you to strategies and resources that you can use to start taking control of your own records. With Lucy Parsons Labs, Jose Luis Benavides (Illinois Deaths in Custody Project and Lulu en El Jardín), Rodney Freeman (Project Backup Foundation), and Alex V. Hernandez (Block Club Chicago, 90 Days/90Voices, and Sixty Inches From Center). Moderated by Jennifer Patiño Cervantes.

About Overlook Field Trips //
Overlook Field Trips are a way to connect with a creative community and explore Chicago’s cultural happenings together. Ever wanted to go to a play or opening but couldn’t find someone to go with? Yea, so have we – so let’s go together! Each Field Trip will include an Overlook Chaperone to make sure the group feels supported and will offer to meet for coffee or a drink after the trip to talk about their trip, connect with one another, and inspire further conversation. Field Notes has generously donated notebooks for participants!

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