“The Alternative Histori[es] Project“, Eliot Moleba
Alternative Histori[es]: A Place Where Something Happened
My artistic research project set out to explore narrative accounts of Norwegians who self-identify with an ‘immigration or multicultural background’. I wanted to collect stories of their lived experiences, with special interest in an event that has been experienced as a life changing moment. The stories are be used to produce an ‘alternative history’, dedicated to writing and inscribing these voices into public spaces and our broader collective imagination.
I have conducted over 50 interviews and writing the data into stories, expected to be published as a collection. Concurrently, I am also developing ideas of ‘monuments’ for each story that will be installed where the narrated event took place. This workshop offers the first public glimpse into the stories. You will not only hear about several of them and ideas developed for their respective monuments, but also about stories that I have not yet developed ideas of their monuments. You’ll then be invited to step into my shoes, to think with me, of possible ideas for other monuments.
This workshop is not only intended to share the project with the broad artistic community, but also to seek potential collaborators. I am excited to open the artistic process to seek input in the generation of ideas for monuments and their subsequent construction, thereof. Artists across different departments at KHiO and beyond keen to come on board, are encouraged to participate in the workshop!