The PAA (North America) hosted a session at the College Art Association’s Conference in Los Angeles. Title: New Horizons: Contemporary Pacific Arts, Digital Archives, and Colonial Boundaries Date and Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8:30–10:00 AM Room: 406B, Los Angeles Convention Center
Session Abstract: Panel members discussed how they and others have incorporated archival records in their research-based work to create new considerations of the past, present, and future as we, humankind, journey towards a technologically oriented society. Archival records were identified as the digitized versions of historic documents or images residing in various institutions, now accessible through a plethora of websites. The originals may be photographs, paintings, language tapes, or varying forms of the written word. The panelists presented and examined how new works generated by themselves, or other artists, have re-contextualized (corrected?) the historic record by a process of reappropriation and reclamation of that which was originally created by the colonial “other.” They will discuss how the accessibility of this archival richness and allowed for the creation and strengthening of indigenous relationships across colonial boundaries. They also addressed the sensitivities around ownership and appropriation that often arise when artists include the imagery/ideas of others in their work.
Chair: Carol E. Mayer, Chair - Vice President, PAA (North America), Head of Curatorial, Interpretation and Design Department at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
Jacqueline Charles-Rault, Director of the Cultural Service at the University of Le Havre, France
Jane Chang Mi, Visiting Assistant Professor, Digital Arts, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Noelani Arista, Assistant Professor of Hawaiian and U.S. History at University of Hawai’i-Mānoa.