University Art Museum California State University Long Beach | lauren woods: American MONUMENT

September 17, 2018 – December 9, 2018

Artist lauren woods is actively transforming the University Art Museum (UAM) into a monument that prompts consideration of the cultural circumstances under which African-Americans have lost their lives to police brutality. The new-media monument is conceived to be nomadic and continually expanding, with the UAM serving as its launch site and steward. The artwork provides a vehicle by which to analyze the complex relationship between constructed race, material violence and structural power.

Monument is an interactive sound installation that utilizes sources from open records requests that include police reports, court transcripts, and witness testimonies; as well as audio files captured by bystanders. Visitors are invited to pick up the needle on any turntable, put it on a record, and activate the sound sculpture.