The opening evening event of the North Eastern Public Humanities Consortium featured a one-woman dance and multi-media performance by Jennifer Harrison Newman. An acclaimed dancer, Newman presented “The Geneva Project”. Newman describes the project as “an inter-disciplinary dance work exploring history, blood memory, and the traces of an ancestral past.” It is based on her the discovery of a family photograph in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) collection from the Library of Congress. The dance was commissioned for the launch of Photogrammar, a web-based interactive research system for mapping, searching, and visualizing 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the FSA-OWI.
The Geneva Project was created in part through The Field’s Emerging Artist Residency program, supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. Photogrammar is supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant and Yale University.