Anthropology, Museums and the Body
Graduate Semester Course
National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institute
January - May 2018
Camp Parkeology offers young people a chance to explore museums, gardens, archives, and hidden spots in city parks and museums. Camps are guided by Parkeology educators, and special guests such as biologists, park rangers, historians, archivists, chefs, and storytellers. Each field trip becomes inspiration for a new multi-media art project.
Parkeology provides opportunities for university students to get hands on experience preparing, producing, interpreting and documenting public art. Each parkeology project provides opportunities for students to learn a range of skills to diversify their toolkits, including outdoor video projection, sculpture, site specific installation, sound editing, public management and engagement. Each internship incorporates time for students to identify grants to apply to for their individual practices under the guidance of Parkeology director Kate Clark.
Parkeology partners with University partners to develop special projects for course to collaborate with. During Season I, Parkeology partnered with music professor Natacha Diels of University of California, San Diego Survey for the course Electronic Music Techniques III. Students formed teams to develop original compositions for the pipe organ, which were performed and debuted live at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. In collaboration with Organ for the Senses director Samuel Dunscombe and Organ Curator Dale Sorenson, students were also given the opportunity to perform pieces for celebrated composers of electro-acoustic music.
Parkeology partners with teen after school programs. Teens work one-on-one with Parkeology project directors based on their interest. Mentorship projects have from interview and tour development for Border Trolley Tours, audio and video production for Untracked: Beneath the Scenes at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum to prop creation and development for The Naked Truth: the rise and fall of Zoro Gardens.
We host one day workshops for kids and adults of all ages that explore public space through art proejcts. Workshops have included Drawing Forest and Sea with Friends of the Forest, Graphite drawing at Grand Central Art Center and Collage workshops at the San Diego History Center.