Monday, April 21, 2014
For Project Cityscope’s series The New Structure, Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand presented a talk on The Watcher Files Project, a collaboration that has emerged from their shared artist residency at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Their project engages surveillance documents the Portland Police Bureau kept on over 300 activist groups in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In collaboration with activists surveilled in the files as well as other artists, they are creating a series of artistic and literary interventions that served as an addendum to those original files, a way to talk back and infuse the official accounts with unrepresented voices.
(Photos: Melissa Long)