What is Parkeology?

Parkeology excavates social histories of public space through interpretive art programming. We think old places like parks or museums are grounds for new forms of intimacy. We treat museum collections as arenas for storytelling, and park spaces as hidden archives.

Originating in Balboa Park, San Diego, Parkeology has developed performances, videos, and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe with museums, guilds, nonprofits, community centers, and history centers. Founded in 2015 by artist Kate Clark, Parkeology is a nomadic institution that works with artists, activists historians, community groups, and scientists. All projects are free to the public and grant supported.

True to our our motto- we trust in dust. Dust can tell you a lot: it is the dandruff of monuments and castoffs. Our projects begin by digging through the many truths that form a dust cloud around one artifact, parking lot, or border fence. What emerges from this research can vary between an experimental concert for 500, a play for 1,000, or an intimate sound installation for 3.

Through our programs, we work to connect segregated communities and highlight narratives that often don’t make it into the historical ledger. We work closely with our collaborators- over the course of months to years- to develop projects that are sensitive and thought provoking.