"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Address: 225 E Redwood Avenue, Fort Bragg 95437
Cost: $25 (no one turned away due to lack of funds)
**Email: director@larryspringmuseum to register**
Join artist in residence, Melissa Ferrari for a two-day experimental nonfiction animation workshop. Here we will playfully explore aspects of both the observed and unseeable worlds. This workshop will introduce participants to various experimental animation approaches that can be used to find and visualize truths outside conventional documentary modes.
Day 1: Intro to Experimental Nonfiction Animation & Archival Documentary
Saturday, July 15th 10am-1pm
Location: Larry Spring Museum of Common Sense Physics
Day 2: Landscape as Archive
Sunday, July 16th 10am-1pm
Location: A beach in Fort Bragg. Exact location tbd.
Melissa Ferrari is a nonfiction filmmaker, experimental animator, magic lanternist and educator who seeks to acquaint folklores of the past with contemporary culture. In exposing peripheral histories, she aims to unveil the wonder that lies in the shadow of nonfiction, rather than fiction. Originally from Virginia, Melissa is now based in Los Angeles where she received an Experimental Animation M.F.A. from CalArts. Her films and magic lantern performances have been shown internationally in venues such as Hot Docs, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Hauser & Wirth LA.
About Redwood Time:
Redwood Time is a multi-disciplinary project that encourages us to re-evaluate the dominant narratives of settlement and resource development along the northern Californian coast. Through creative exploration and reflection, we will produce a collaborative account of Fort Bragg that reflects formerly excluded local histories and worldviews, providing us with a richer understanding of the past we inherit and the territory we inhabit.
The central object of our reflection is a timeline affixed to the commemorative redwood round that has dominated our downtown center since its dedication in 1943. As with similar redwood rounds, Fort Bragg’s public memorial and timeline privileges linear time as the driver of history and naturalizes far-flung Euro- and human-centric events as the default approach to understanding our past and presence here in Fort Bragg.
Over the next two years, “Redwood Time” will unfold as a focused series of live performances, public art installations, and community gatherings designed to generate new understandings of our relationship to our shared geography. Together we will create an empathic and nuanced counter-narrative that will draw into question our inherited notions of individuality. Our activities will culminate in the creation of reimagined versions of the round and a new legend that reveals our messy and vital connectedness.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this evening’s happenings do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Larry Spring Museum is a registered 501(c) (3) organization EIN #32-0604596
This project is supported by a Humanities for All Project Grant.