Location: Charlotte, NC
Collaborator: Levine Museum of the New South
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