American Monument Think Tank Marathon

  • American Monument Think Tank Marathon

Beall Center for Art + Technology

American Monument

Think Tank Marathon

Friday, March 6 - Saturday, March 7

12:00 – 7:00pm

Free and open to the public, Reservations recommended

RSVP Here: Friday, March 6

RSVP Here: Saturday, March 7

In recent years, evidence of police violence has reached a new level of exposure, allowing increased public access to formal investigations of police brutality. In 2014, artist/cultural organizer lauren woods began to examine police records and court transcriptions in cases where a police officer killed an unarmed black civilian. She focused on officers’ claims citing “fear for their own lives,” ultimately used to justify the killings as lawful. This work grew into American Monument, an interactive sound sculpture, research project, and mode of public engagement and education.

American Monument’s first full iteration, 22/2019, launched at the Beall Center for Art and Technology at UCI on October 4, 2019 and is installed through April 4, 2020. The artist and her collaborator Kimberli Meyer are Black Box researchers in residence at the Beall, and have partnered with leading thinkers across disciplines at UCI, resulting in collaborations with the School of Law and the departments of African American Studies, Social Ecology, Art History, and Art.  During the Fall 2019 quarter, collaborators led think tanks on topics such as sound and the law, the fourth amendment, linguistics in relation to racial bias in law enforcement, and community activist response strategies.

For Think Tank Marathon, American Monument is inviting scholars, lawyers, community activists, civil rights leaders, students, artists, and the public to process and discuss issues addressed by the monument. Working inside the installation at the Beall Center, a chain of sessions will take up multiple threads raised by the artwork. The program is co-sponsored by UCI Law’s Center for Law, Equality, And Race (CLEAR).

Participants include:

  • David Goldberg, Digital Media Theorist, Strategist and Developer
  • Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor and Associate Dean, UCI Law; Director, CLEAR 
  • Sora Han, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, UCI
  • Taylor Jones, PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics
  • Hamid Khan, Organizer, Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
  • James Lamb, JD Candidate 2020, UCI Law 
  • Sara Mokuria, Co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality
  • Jasson Perez, Senior Research Analyst, Action Center on Race and the Economy 
  • Jared Sexton, Professor of African American Studies, UCI
  • Aziz Sohail, MFA Candidate in Art (Critical and Curatorial Studies), UC

American Monument and its Think Tank Marathon is made possible by the generous support of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, a founding and continuing grantor to the artwork; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the University of California Humanities Research Institute; UCI Advance Program for Equity & Diversity; Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous; UCI Illuminations; and the Beall Family Foundation. Additional backing comes from Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana.