Visit the YMCA the first stop for refugees and newcomers to Montreal - via the poetic narration of a Zimbabwe immigrant who arrived alone with “one piece of luggage and a ton of hope ….”
People's relationship to their own stories, where they linger and what they skip over, helps us understand the logic of waht we are hearing. The life story approach is a practice within oral history. This approach finds meaning the context of a live lived. It also puts memory front and centre, which in the case of human rights and genocide, is a rare practice. More typically, interviews are conducted only for information and very little space is given to the larger story. (Steve High, Life Stories of Montreal). Video interviews are a great way to capture both what is shared and how it is conveyed.
Download chapter 4 under the book for a more in-depth discussion on conducting oral histories in the classroom and see below for tips on video interviews (under Book).
Witness has resources online in 17 languages about how to conduct a video interview.
The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide is a good place to get basic concepts of interviewing and oral history.
To see some examples of videos made by newcomer youth - explore the LINC for Youth Video Project
PhotoVoice is an international organization and a method that uses photography as an advocacy tool to help individuals voice their personal experiences of oppression and lobby for social reform. Digital storytelling is a methodology that was developed at the University of California (Berkeley) by the Center for Digital Storytelling ). The term can also refer to more complex projects and involve hypertext fiction, animations, and any form of narrative designed to be diffused via the Internet. Mapping Memories developed weekend and longer term courses to explore these different methods of digital storytelling and you can find our more by downloading chapter 3, 4 or 5 under Book.
Young mothers with experience living on the street told their own stories through photography in "I Was Here."
Presentation: Artistic Elements in Composition
Download chapters 3 and 5 under BOOK in the navigation bar to find out exactly how we organized the walks.
Check out some projects that influenced our work:
Find out everything you need to know to organize your own community walk.
This web site designed by geographer Toby Butler showcases two audio tours along the Thames River in London, England. Butler has written extensively on these and other tours. See also his Ports of Call project.
LINKED was a project by sound artist Graeme Miller
NEW YORK SOUNDWALKS
Here “characters” use direct address to take you on a tour, you might otherwise miss. The voice is playful, performed and they make use of films and other formats to tell the story. Video and Audio come into “play” in this project. Toby Butler spoke very highly of these walking tours during his visit to Montreal in November.
The Museum of London organized an ambitious project focusing on stories of immigration.
A public artwork designed to engage pedestrians as they move along the seawall walkways in Vancouver, Canada and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Uses cutting edge wireless networking and video streaming technology to create real-time links between urban mega-developments in Canada and the United Arab Emirates. When people gather at two or more locations simultaneously, the portal senses their presence and come to life, streaming live video feeds that allow those Dubai to see and interact with their counterparts in Vancouver, and vice versa.
THE MISS GUIDES was a visual journey of sites overlooked in Vancouver.
WALKING VOICES PROJECT
This site showcases the place stories of 11 interviewees.
In this audio walking tour, former residents of a Montreal neighbourhood that no longer exists reflect on their memories of Griffintown and the changes that have occurred. What is the connection between home and memory?
WARREN OREE walks Northern Liberties & Ortleib’s Jazzhaus
One of a collection of city walks – this video follows Warren Oree as he explains significant places past and present.
Visit our links section for more information and tools pertaining to the creation of soundscapes.
The Tactical Technology Collective in their resource, “Maps for Advocacy” explains how maps help to visualize communities by representing links between places, events, and facts. For more information on how we integrated mapping into our projects download chapters 2 and 5 under BOOK in the navigation bar.
The Tactical Technology Collective
offers a free booklet that serves as an introduction to geographical mapping techniques and a guide to using mapping in advocacy work.
Notes For a People’s Atlas provides tips on how to make a map about things that are important to you and examples of other people’s maps.
In the NFB documentary Our Nationhood, an aboriginal group struggles to define themselves as a nation and to assert their belonging to their traditional land.
Some places were once a home for people but are changing. Check out ‘The Making of The Corner’ and discuss whether remembering a sense of home that doesn’t exist anymore can result in change.
Mapping Memories worked with a human rights lawyer, Mitchell Goldberg and a class of 24 Concordia Communication students over a period of four weeks to develop two PSAs on the delays refugee claimants face while waiting for the Canadian Government to process their claims.To see the our PSA visit - http://coms.concordia.ca/video2/
To read the press release we wrote to get the word out - visit 2 Years 2 Many under projects.
The Apple Learning Exchange has curriculum ideas and samples for intermediate students developing PSAs.
This curriculum from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education for high school students focuses on a critical understanding of the function of PSAs.
Find resources below on how to plan an exhibition, write a press release, and considerations for dealing with the press.
1. Before agreeing to do a press interview, research who you will be talking to. How have they covered the issue in the past?
2. Inquire about the length of the segment and prepare accordingly. Are they looking for a sound bite or something more in-depth.
3. Explore worse-case scenarios regarding press exposure in order to prepare participants and assess if the press is beneficial to the individuals involved.
4. Rehearse questions the press might ask.
5. Respect an individual's decision to decline to be in the media spotlight.
6. Ensure that participants are accompanied by team members and a facilitator, whenever dealing with the press.
Tips taken from p. 67 of the book - chapter 3
Smithsonian Folkways is a non-profit record label that offers free audio recordings and educational materials
Folk Songs for the Five Points is a celebration of cultural diversity and change, using “folk songs” as a metaphor to explore immigration and the formation of identity in New York’s Lower East Side.
Visit the IMP lab - Interactive media and performance
Find out more about Hip Hop No Pop, an innovative project that uses hip-hop as a means to address identity, race, class and power in the school system - look for Nantali in our video and blog sections.