Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Mapping Project: Digital Prints

As a part of "The Mapping Project" performance, I'm creating some digital prints that illustrate stories that come from some of the dancers. We've interviewed the dancers about the experiences of their grandparents, relating to the second world war. Going back two generations, the family lines of these Bay-Area based dancers get flung pretty far, geographically: the stories touch on, among other things, the bombing of Frankfurt, the Japanese occupation of China, a kind of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and the Japanese internment Camps at Rowher and Tule Lake.

Most of the maps that form the backgrounds of the prints were scanned from the collection of the Prelinger Library, an absolutely wonderful resource on 8th street. Anyone who's even remotely bookish is bound to have a great time there.

The below posts show the five prints (click on the images to see larger versions), along with the text of the dancers' stories.

The prints will be displayed in the exhibition area of CounterPulse during the performance, and through much of June. I'm limiting each to an edition of ten, and unframed prints will be sold for $150 (the originals are roughly 11" by 15"). Please contact me at chrislanier2001 (at) yahoo (dot) com for details.

-- posted by chris lanier

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