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February 21, 2023 15 mins

What would it look like to put the tools of media production into the hands of people at the margins of society? Community media activists -- with help from organizations like Scribe Video Center -- have been engaged in this work for decades. In this episode, Louis Massiah discusses how his film projects harness the power of time-based visual media to help ordinary Philadelphians craft their own narratives about their lives and their neighborhoods in relation to American history and politics. 

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This podcast was created at the Center for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania, a multimodal research hub that views creative practice as intellectual work that necessarily historicizes the inequalities that pervade our society, and that develops solutions for their present iterations through collaborative and participatory work.

This season was produced in connection to 2023 exhibit, "Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America", an AAMP and PAFA collaboration curated by Dejay Duckett (AAMP), Judith Tannenbaum (PAFA), Mekhala Signal (PAFA), Michael Wilson (AAMP). This exhibit brings together 20 artists to respond to the question: Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? The exhibit runs March 23 through Oct 8 of 2023 at the Historic Landmark Building in Philadelphia.

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