GLAM Wiki 2023/Program/Reivindicando nuestras voces en los proyectos GLAM Wiki: una activación colectiva para descolonizar la memoria

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Logo GLAM Wiki Conference 2023 ID: 2274 Claiming our voices in GLAM Wiki projects: a collective activation for decolonizing memory
Facilitators/Speakers: Mariana Fossatti, Ivonne Gónzalez Time block: Morning Beginning: 10:30
Location: 110-111 Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Language justice note: Please note that this activity will be guided mainly in Spanish, although you can participate in the language in which your memory speaks. We will do our best to assist each other in translation in basic guidelines. Other ways of participation and memory activation rather than words will be encouraged, like drawing, collage, embroidery, movement and even silence.

This will be an unconventional session based on artistic activation practices. It will begin with an open conversation guided by cultural collectives and activists from Uruguay who will bring to the center perspectives usually marginalized in GLAM projects but actively present in living community cultures: voices of indigenous peoples, black women, LGBTIQ+ collectives. They are: Museo Afroviviente, Visibles and Kevin Royk.

In this conversational first stage, we want to reflect together around decolonizing memory as a tool for liberation and reparation in which the concerned collectives claim back their own voices to provoke significant dialogues with the broader society.

After this conversation, we will then facilitate a moment of collective artistic activation. Everyone is invited to carry a significant object rooted in their memories: the lyrics of a song, the drawing of a place, a face, a gesture, a poem, a school booklet, soil, a small plant, a blanket, a photo. With these objects we will create an ephemeral archive, in which all the memories will be living together, dialoguing, mingling. It will be our mosaic of living collective memory.

With this activation phase, we seek to experience how subjectivity takes part of and shapes social and political history and its multiple narratives, encoding cultural objects with plural meanings.

Our intention is to offer meaningful questions to foster reflections around rarely visited aspects of our practices in GLAM Wiki projects. How can collective memory processes foster social debates to transform dominant colonial narratives in GLAM? How GLAM wiki projects work with living memory, which is often process-based rather than object-based? How do we work with ephemeral, situated, interactive and participatory memory-making processes? Is this even possible with the usual workflows, practices and tools for digital collections, heritage structured data, and so on?

Experience level: No previous knowledge is necessary
Keywords: Decolonization, Knowledge equity, Memory and human rights
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