" My Hands were Busy, My Mind could Wander":Creative Economies on the Charles River


A multimedia project project by students in Prof. Mark Auslander's "Museums and Public Memory" (Anth 159a) at Brandeis University, in collaboration with the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation and the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (Waltham, Massachusetts)

Indoor projection in the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 8:00-9:30 p.m.

OUTSIDE PROJECTION TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO RAIN.... DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

See our YouTube Announcement of this event!

In collaboration with the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation , students in Prof. Mark Auslander's "Museums and Public Memory" (Anth 159a) at Brandeis University have developed a digital projection project as part of the Boston CyberArts festival. The project traces memories and engagements with the Charles River dating back to the industrial revolution, playing with the symbolism of running water, human imagination and the labor of human hands. The work is projected on the Moody Street waterfall, an originating site of the American Industrial Revolution and features footage drawn from diverse aspects of the "creative economies" that have emerged along the Charles River, including the labor of textile workers, watchmakers, bicycle designers and artists. The work is projected on the waterfall as a triptych, allowing for the simultaneous exploration of different moments in time, history and memory along the changing riverscape.

Our title, "My hands were busy/my mind could wander," is taken from an interview with Barbara Zeles. artist in the Waltham community, incorporated into the video projection.

A draft version of the video is on YouTube.

See: Waltham Daily News Tribune article on the project and the Cyberarts Festival

Multimedia project developed by: Casey Golomski, Jesse Cates, Theresa Barbaro, Mao Matsuda, Shai Dobrusin

Class TA: Bryce Peake
Community Engaged Fellow: Anna-Lisa Macon

Many thanks for technical assistance from Fernanda Senatori


Acknowledgments:

1. Wayne McCarthy
2. Suzanne Hodes (artist)
3. Barbara Maloney
4. Frank Maloney
5. Robert Logan
6. Edward Ballo
7. Barbara Zeles
8. Claire Rourke
9. Maoz Azaryahu
10. Brian Harris (photographer)
11. Johnny Carrerra (printmaker)
12. Rob Vandermark
13. Elin Hagney (Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation)