Last minute notification, I know, but bear with me:
The Corcoran Gallery is hosting artist Willis Thomas tonight at 7PM for a talk during which he will discuss his work Question Bridge, a transmedia project that seeks to address issues of what it means to be black and male in America. Speakers of a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, political persuasions, and generational divides present their unique perspectives on the experience of black men in this country. For more on the project, please watch the video here.
Like the Library of Congress Folklife Center and and the StoryCorps project, Question Bridge attempts to document something that is complicated, protean: the subjective experience of an individual. By documenting these individual accounts, Thomas creates a work that probes the subjective accounts of issues such as self-identification and social inclusion/exclusion/marginalization. The use of modern digital technologies allows this work to break new ground in terms of collaborative dialogue between remote individuals, shedding light on what it is that connects us and what invisible division might exist between traditionally associated groups and individuals. From a digital humanities perspective, Question Bridge is evidence of the touching individualism that can be captured in a seemingly out-of-touch tech-mediated world.
If you can make it, I would highly recommend attending. Information on the event can be found here.