Mapping the Archive with Artist Erin Johnson

Sat, Feb 24 2024
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Center for Brooklyn History

Artists and Archives BPL Presents Center for Brooklyn History


Join artist Erin Johnson, former resident at Pioneer Works, in this two-session workshop - on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM - that explores how to expand your creative practice using the Center for Brooklyn History’s extensive archives and collections. In the first session we delve into the many ways to enter the archive, locating materials but also locating archival silences. In the second session we will collectively author research maps based on our findings.

Johnson will discuss her personal experiences sifting through the Center for Brooklyn History’s collections. Using as case studies her work tracing the relationship between the sugar industry in South Williamsburg and its impact on the neighborhood's street names and infrastructure, as well as the history of scientific imperialism and its remaining influence in Brooklyn, you will learn multiple entryways into the archives and their powerful content. These two sessions are an opportunity to gain valuable skills and insights while immersing yourself in Brooklyn's expansive and often untold histories. 

NOTE: Limited to 20 participants. Participants are asked to attend both sesssions. Materials will be provided. Presented in partnership with Pioneer Works. 

ACCESSIBILITY: ASL and CART are available by request (if possible, please email us one week in advance so we have time to coordinate with our access workers). For access questions, please contact Christina Daniels, [email protected].


Participants

Erin Johnson’s short films and immersive installations interlace documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmaking devices to interrogate notions of collectivity, dissent, and queer identity. In her shape-shifting videos, site-specific performances by artists, biologists, and film extras address ongoing legacies of scientific research and nationalism.

Johnson received an MFA and Certificate in New Media from UC Berkeley in 2013, attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2019 and recently completed residencies at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL), Lower Manhattan Community Council (LMCC), Hidrante (San Juan, PR), and Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, NY). She is Chair of the Department of Film and Video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Her work has recently been exhibited or screened at MOCA Toronto (Toronto), Munchmuseet (Oslo), Times Square Arts (New York), deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Boston), Billytown (The Hague), and Telfair Museums (Savannah).

 

 

 

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Add to My Calendar 02/24/2024 06:00 pm 02/24/2024 08:00 pm America/New_York Mapping the Archive with Artist Erin Johnson

Join artist Erin Johnson, former resident at Pioneer Works, in this two-session workshop - on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM - that explores how to expand your creative practice using the Center for Brooklyn History’s extensive archives and collections. In the first session we delve into the many ways to enter the archive, locating materials but also locating archival silences. In the second session we will collectively author research maps based on our findings.

Johnson will discuss her personal experiences sifting through the Center for Brooklyn History’s collections. Using as case studies her work tracing the relationship between the sugar industry in South Williamsburg and its impact on the neighborhood's street names and infrastructure, as well as the history of scientific imperialism and its remaining influence in Brooklyn, you will learn multiple entryways into the archives and their powerful content. These two sessions are an opportunity to gain valuable skills and insights while immersing yourself in Brooklyn's expansive and often untold histories. 

NOTE: Limited to 20 participants. Participants are asked to attend both sesssions. Materials will be provided. Presented in partnership with Pioneer Works. 

ACCESSIBILITY: ASL and CART are available by request (if possible, please email us one week in advance so we have time to coordinate with our access workers). For access questions, please contact Christina Daniels, [email protected].


Participants

Erin Johnson’s short films and immersive installations interlace documentary, experimental, and narrative filmmaking devices to interrogate notions of collectivity, dissent, and queer identity. In her shape-shifting videos, site-specific performances by artists, biologists, and film extras address ongoing legacies of scientific research and nationalism.

Johnson received an MFA and Certificate in New Media from UC Berkeley in 2013, attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2019 and recently completed residencies at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NY), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL), Lower Manhattan Community Council (LMCC), Hidrante (San Juan, PR), and Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, NY). She is Chair of the Department of Film and Video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Her work has recently been exhibited or screened at MOCA Toronto (Toronto), Munchmuseet (Oslo), Times Square Arts (New York), deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Boston), Billytown (The Hague), and Telfair Museums (Savannah).

 

 

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