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Experience “Hidden Portals” this May

Posted by: Jaime Mears

In honor of Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month, Library of Congress 2023-2024 Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren invites the public to experience hidden portals to five historic Asian American communities created with Library of Congress collections for the month of May. Portals are accessible by mobile device at original sites around the country …

3d grayscale rendering of a street with shops featuring second floor balconies.

Relational Reconstruction of Hanford, CA’s China Alley with artist Evelyn Hang Yin

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a guest post by Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren in conversation with interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker Evelyn Hang Yin. “Relational reconstructions” are a creative, experiential research method developed by Yoo Warren for minoritized groups to reclaim archives and access erased moments, histories, and spaces personally meaningful to them, …

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Tigers & Portals: Seeing Lost Enclaves Community Memory Event

Posted by: Jaime Mears

This is a guest blog post by Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren in conversation with Vic Xu, an anti-disciplinary artist whose work explores the potential of storytelling to create room for counter-histories and counter-archives, and Vuthy Lay, who draws from the language of the everyday to create work that flows between …

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Relational Reconstruction Toolkit Now Available

Posted by: Jaime Mears

This post was co-written with LC writer and editor Sahar Kazmi. Relational Reconstruction Toolkit Now Available For the past year, Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren worked with LC staff, collections and community members to develop an open source “relational reconstruction” toolkit to share his methodology and inspire the public to reconstruct other lost enclaves …

A cabin at dusk with fireflies.

Seeing Lost Enclaves: Atmosphere and Emotional Space in Relational Reconstruction

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a guest post by the Library’s 2023 Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren (link to press release). As part of his residency, Warren will publish a toolkit to empower communities to create relational reconstructions of destroyed neighborhoods of color using 3D modeling methods and historic photographs. In the following post, Warren discusses …

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Relational Reconstruction of the Portland Chinese Vegetable Gardens

Posted by: Jaime Mears

The following is a guest post by Dri Chiu Tattersfield (they/he), an artist and educator from Taipei, Taiwan and Portland, Oregon who loves maps and moss, and the Library’s 2023 Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren. As part of his residency, Warren will publish a toolkit to empower communities to create relational reconstructions of destroyed …

Historic photograph of three men weighing fish at outdoor market

Introducing “Seeing Lost Enclaves” with Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren

Posted by: Jaime Mears

  The following is a guest post by 2023 Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren, an artist and educator who lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Yoo Warren will work with Library of Congress staff and collections to digitally reconstruct Providence’s historic Chinatown using 3D and virtual reality technologies. He will repeat the process for another …