Feb. 6: Listening to Central Park North, Making Oral History Tangible


Thursday, Feb. 6


509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

The workshop “Listening to Central Park North” will present the outcome of an interactive oral history project on New York City's Central Park North, a neighborhood central to understanding Manhattan’s cultural geography yet often placed in the periphery of its history. To convey the visuality of memories captured in the audio interviews, Chung combined traditional oral history methods with new media technology to produce an interactive web-exhibit and a pop-up installation. In this workshop, Chung will discuss both the potentials and challenges of using new media technologies in conducting and sharing oral history projects. Mabel O. Wilson, Chung's project advisor and Columbia University Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will provide additional commentary on the intersection of oral history and visual cultural studies.

Sewon Christina Chung is a new media artist and oral historian based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her audiovisual works investigate themes of transnational identity and migration, as well as urban environments and visual memory. Chung received her B.A. in Sociology and Literary & Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2009. She is a recent graduate of the Oral History Master of Arts Program at Columbia University.

This event is free and open to the public and is part of the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Lecture Series.