A collection of zines, books and ephemera gathered from artists and teachers exploring a wide range of issues from education and ecology, to storytelling, art, politics and more. The archive is an open source tool for those interested in everything and nothing in particular.
StoryBank is a platform for sharing and collecting stories. StoryBank was originally created at Elsewhere museum in Greensboro, NC alongside a residency with Nick Szuberla of Appalshop, a Kentucky-based arts and education center in the heart of Appalachia. The storyteller machine (pictured below) was collaboratively designed by Elsewhere’s curatorial team allowing participants to record and type stories, which are deposited into the StoryBank vault – a digital archive that explores a range of site-specific themes. It is also designed to travel and provide story collecting and digital archiving support for community groups and local social justice campaigns.
The StoryBank was recently installed at the Levine Museum of the New South‘s exhibit: Gay America from Kinsey to Stonewall opening tomorrow evening in Charlotte, NC. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to interact with the StoryBank to deposit and withdraw stories in response to works throughout the exhibition and share personal experiences related to gender and/or sexual identity. Stories will be uploaded to the StoryBank’s online archive and featured in a special edition of I Don’t Do Boxes, a magazine exploring LGBTQ experience. The exhibit is organized by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives as part of its mission to collect, preserve and disseminate materials related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture. Thanks to everyone at the Levine for making this possible! For more info visit: http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/exhibits/detail/?ExhibitId=127
Visit http://teller.goelsewhere.org/ to deposit a story.
The second issue of I Don’t Do Boxes, Out Loud!, brings together a diverse collection of stories, poems, artworks and sounds exploring LGBTQ experience. This issue invited queer youth, musicians and artists to explore the power of voice in different ways. An accompanying compilation of music, sounds and recordings offer listeners everything from raucous punk anthems, to ambient noise experiments, queer oral histories, and queer-hop beats. Listen closely and you may hear yourself through the intimate stories shared.
Out Loud! was edited and produced by a team of queer-identifying youth and community members at Elsewhere museum including: Peter Muniz, Bradley Durham, Megan Denton, Alyzza May, Brent Simoneaux, April Parker, Hillary Johnson, Morgan Beatty, Allen Moore, Peter Pendergrass, Kaye Hayes, Damon Shelton, Valerie Wiseman, Niina Cochran + Chris Kennedy.
I Don’t Do Boxes is a magazine exploring LGBTQ experience, published at Elsewhere and edited by a team of queer-identifying youth.
Then & Now is a documentary storytelling project inviting LGBTQ-identifying elders and teens to share stories and oral histories. A collaboration with Elsewhere and the Creative Aging Network of North Carolina.
What was it like living in the south and identifying as LGBTQ? What is that experience like now? The project is inviting youth and elders to interview each other about their experience of living in the south and identifying as LGBTQ. We’re hoping to foster relationships across generations and create an oral history archive and resource for North Carolina and the Triad community. The interviews will be used to create a short documentary that will be screened in Greensboro and submitted to the Greensboro Public Library and local universities as a public and ongoing archive of LGBTQ experience in the south.
Then & Now Trailer
Edited by Lia Miller
Below are some sample video interviews from a short film called Intersections created by visiting artist Emilio Rojas during his residency at Elsewhere in 2012:
An interview project archiving the stories of four contemporary artists while hunting for mushrooms in the summer of 2013. Participating artists include Rob Peterson, Cassie Thornton, Caroline Woolard and Kate Clark. (Research blog: mycologicalprovisions.tumblr.com) (Video Credits: Music by Quilla, Sound design by Marty O’Connor and Quilla) Sound Recordings: Rob Peterson:
For four years now I have served as a teaching artist and education curator for Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency program set inside a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC.