Tangible forms of evidence—buildings, landscapes, images, and documents—are integral to architectural and landscape history, but what of the memories of those who have shaped these environments and the experiences of those who have engaged and reshaped them? Oral and video histories have the potential to broaden the range of voices involved in the production of historical knowledge. This workshop presents methods for producing oral and video histories that you can adapt to your own projects. Specialists in videography and the use of smartphones for photography and recording will present various tools and techniques, and an oral historian will discuss best practices and ethical issues. To illustrate these methods, the workshop will feature clips from the “Modern Masters” video oral history series, which documents “the architects, landscape architects, designers, historians, educators, critics, clients, and patrons who have made significant contributions to modernism in Minnesota.” To demonstrate these methods, the workshop will conclude with the production of short video interviews with people involved in the recent (and controversial) restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol.
Water, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please bring your smartphone or other comparable device.
Organized by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
11:00 a.m. - TOUR
Optional pre-workshop tour of the Minnesota State Capitol with Brian Pease, Historic Site Manager, Minnesota State Capitol. Meet at the Minnesota Historical Society Information Desk to the right of the entrance on the first floor.
12:00 p.m. - LUNCH
On your own in the Rathskeller Café (lower level, Minnesota State Capitol)
1:00–5:00 p.m. WORKSHOP
The workshop will start in The Cass Gilbert Library Room at 1:00 p.m. and then move to L’Etoile du Nord Vault Room (lower level beneath the rotunda) at 2:00 p.m.
The Minnesota Modern Masters project
Gary Reetz, FAIA HGA Architects and Engineers; Chair, MNSAH Modern Masters
Frank Egerton Martin
Video Production Lisa Blackstone Documentary Filmmaker Robert Hutchings Director of Photography
Conducting Short Form Interviews in the Field Using Smartphones Arijit Sen University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Shooting Architecture with an iPhone Eric Mueller Photographer
Oral History: Best Practices and Ethics Barbara W. Sommer Oral Historian
Linda Mack, architecture critic, will interview people involved in the Minnesota State Capitol’s recent restoration:
Michael Bjornberg, FAIA, CID, NCARB
Preservation Design Works Ginny Lackovic, AIA HGA Architects and Engineers Mark Wickstrom Master Stone Carver Gwen Westerman Minnesota State University, Mankato
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