Nonument is a multi annual research project initiated by MoTA, addressing non-existing monuments and mapping the positioning of memory in spaces carrying symbolic value to physical, mental and virtual landscapes. It consists of artistic productions and research aiming at defining the role of monuments today and the ways in which societies mark important time and space landmarks and personalities, thus inscribing them into collective urban landscapes. The research and artistic production addresses questions of memory, representation, semantics and other aspects of monumentalism, as well as attempts to publicly address the perception of public space and its role in contemporary urban everyday life.
MoTA Museum, UMBC, LABStudios, Imaging Research Center, CEC ArtsLink, ARTECITYA (Creative Europe)
Nonument group is an international group of individuals enthusiastic about architecture, monuments, and the role of public space in cities. For each Nonument site, a different group is formed to research and form the artistic intervention.
Nonument01: McKeldin Fountain group is: Neja Tomšič, Martin Bricelj Baraga, Lisa Moren and Jaimes Mayhew.
Location: McKeldinSquare, BAltimore, Maryland
McKeldin Square is zoned a free speech area by the City of Baltimore and has a long history as a site of protest including “Occupy Baltimore” and the “Black Lives Matter” movement in relation to the death of Freddie Grey when the National Guard came to this site. On 4 October 2015, as part of Transmodern Festival, we organized a collective action of building mini-monument models of The McKeldin Fountain as a workshop. Based on the various primitive shapes of the brutalist architecture of the Fountain itself, we created experiential models while discussing and sharing stories about the complexity of this public space. We carried our mini monuments through the city within the Transmodern parade all the way to the Inner Harbor, where we illuminated the mini-monuments and floated them in the Fountain.
UMBC, LABStudios, Imaging Research Center, CEC ArtsLink, ARTECITYA (Creative Europe)
Friday, September 25
Collective measuring of the Fountain in collaboration with architecture students and the BMore Historic. The draw-a-thon was organized because the plans of the fountain were lost or unobtainable. In order to be able to make a 3d reconstruction, we had to measure and draw the plan ourselves.
Building mini-monuments at Transmodern Festival
Saturday, October 4
Making of mini-monument models, and discussion on the perception, role and meaning of public space in Baltimore. A wish board where participants wrote down their wishes for public space and an exhibition of mini-monuments.
Saturday, October 4
We carried our mini-monuments through the city with the Twilight Parade all the way to McKeldin Fountain. At the Fountain, we installed a sound ambience by Matt Spendlove, and released our monuments into the water.