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A brief introduction to the circulation of knowledge archive.
View documentation of the exhibition
Exhibition Dates: April 30 through May 8th 2011 Talk: Friday May 6 at 4PM by Steve Dietz Reception: Friday May 6, 5:30 through 7:30PM Location: The Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) Circulation of Knowledge study room: 135 DARC Field Trips: Monday 2nd, Wednesday 4th, & Saturday 7th.
During the exhibition we will be going on several field trips. Visiting locations that are critical to the project, such as farm labour camps, bookmobile stops, and spots of social interest. Please RSVP
Through a process of listening and engaging with the patrons and staff of out-reach services and the bookmobile we produced an oral history archive that illustrate the many complexities of out-reach services and the the communities they serve. All interviews have been indexed by the individual's relationship to the bookmobile. To help give visitors of the site a starting point, the website was developed to dynamically assemble an introductory presentation using the archival material.
Due to fiscal issues the Santa Cruz county public library assembled a task force to develop strategies for restructuring the library system. In early February of 2011 the Task Force released its final report, and in doing so established the terms of the debate. Two of the four options involved closing smaller neighborhood branches. What followed was a series of public hearing where hundreds of local residents came to voice their concern. We went to the public hearings, we listened and recorded, we then translated the summary of the document into a website that allows users to study the document and in doing so listen to arguments and comments from citizens and board members at the public hearings.
The Garfield Park Public Library dates back to 1914. It is one of the first libraries established in the Santa Cruz area. We created a video installation for and about the library.
Researching the neighborhoods we walked along the streets interviewing the people we encounters. These encounters were turned into postcards that were then redistributed into the neighborhoods the interviews took place in. The following page connects the postcards with the audio recordings of the interviews.