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You Are Hollywood (the Neighborhood): An audio interpretation of urban structure

Phase 1 – Recording residents’ collective memories
Sunday, June 28, 2015
11am – 3pm
WUHO Gallery

Please join us for a You Are Hollywood (the Neighborhood) at WUHO Institute Open Laboratories featuring audio producer Todd Bachmann.

From June 26 to the 28, Todd Bachmann will take to the streets of the Hollywood to record current and former Hollywood residents’ collective memories. The goal is to use these audio stories as “raw material” to re-examine the Hollywood neighborhood urban landscape inspired by Italian architect and urban theorist Aldo Ross. Rossi saw the city as much more than its structures, understanding instead as the “collective memory of its people and like memory it is associated with objects and places. The city is the locus of collective memory.”

In many ways Hollywood is defined through a collection of places (the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood sign) which are not necessarily indicative of the people who live and work every day within the neighborhood. In addition, the neighborhood is experiencing a decade-long state of flux urban renewal. Will the new “locus” reflect the collective memory of its citizens past and present?

We want your memories!  We encourage anyone who has lived or worked in Hollywood to let us interview you about your experience of the neighborhood. Contact us at hollywood@archivl.com or join us on Sunday, June 28th when the general public is invited to stop by the WUHO gallery from 11am – 3pm to witness the progress of the first phase of our project.  The project’s future 2nd phase will invite multiple collaborators – sound artists, visual designers, architects, and others – to explore new ways to use this growing audio archive to interpret Rossi’s theory of collective memory through Hollywood.

Todd Bachmann is an audio producer. He worked as production manager for This American Life and as managing producer and director of the public radio music show Sound Opinions. Todd currently lives in Vancouver, WA where he freelances for public radio and works on grassroots community urban development for the Portland, OR metro area.

You too can interview others for the collective memory archive. The project is also crowdsourcing interviews using the Story Corps free android and iOS smartphone apps. We encourage you to interview friends or family who are or were Hollywood locals using the app with the tag “Hollywood the neighborhood”. Go here for specific information on how to contribute – http://www.archivl.com/youinterview/

WUHO Gallery (6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028) is located between Wilcox Ave. and Schrader Blvd. in Hollywood. The nearest metro stop on the Red Line is Hollywood & Highland.

This event is part of WUHO Institute Open Laboratories and sub-curated by Joshua G. Stein. For the summer of 2015, the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard is being transformed into an open laboratory. Work on emerging spatial environments will provoke salons, workshops, and performances by residents, rogue scientists, and radical philologists.

BERENIKA BOBERSKA | PETER CULLEY | JENNIFER SCAPPETTONE | JOSHUA G. STEIN | ROSSEN VENTZISLAVOV

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