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Green Book Project: reminaging the Negro Motorist Green Book adsa


Term:

Fall

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Ekene Ijeoma

Faculty email:

ekene@media.mit.edu

Apply by:

10/09/2020

Contact:

Please apply here: https://forms.gle/MQkAFzUQy3XyeikMA

Project Description

Poetic Justice is a group of critical thinkers and makers researching social inequality across multiple fields including social science to develop artworks in sound, video, multimedia, sculpture and installation. Working from data studies and life experiences, and using both computational design and conceptual art strategies, we reframe social issues through artworks that embody and empower overlooked truths within systems of oppression. The Green Project is a series of courses, guest lectures, publications and interactive installations that reimagine the Negro Motorist Green Book for “traveling while Black” in this era of “New Jim Crows”. Developed through a series of storytelling and mapping workshops, it serves to create visibility, accountability, and solidarity for the state of Black mobility and safety today as W.E.B. Du Bois did for the state of black life in America in 1900. The project is organized into a bildungsroman of activities around living while Black including: birthing, breathing, sleeping, eating, and walking, learning, voting, driving, working, and loving. This semester we launched a public seminar with guests including Hank Willis Thomas (Artist), Hugh Hayden (Artist), Professor Arline Geronimus (University of Michigan), Professor Cooper Owens (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Marcus Franklin (Environmental Advocate), Linda Villarosa (New York Times), Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry), Professor Ashanté M. Reese (UTA), Professor Elijah Anderson (Yale), and Topher Sanders (ProPublica). UROPs will work with our team to research new studies and papers for each of the aforementioned activities.

Pre-requisites

Preferred interests: social justice, social sciences, and arts – writing and poetry – breaking down the complexities of social issues and building visibility, accountability, and solidarity around them