All Together Session #1: Field Report Philadelphia

These sessions bring all Convening attendees together into one space for a shared experience.

This report from Philadelphia session presents three groundbreaking projects and organizations in Philadelphia. Maori Holmes talks about BlackStar Film Festival, Rob Blackson talks about the Symphony of Broken Orchestras (a project of Temple Contemporary) and Paul Farber talks about about Monument Lab. Each of these organizations centers social justice and equity with engaged work that focuses on repairative practices. Holmes, Blackson and Farber will think about how their organizations address chronic issues and pursue solution oriented work.

Robert Blackson is the founding director of Temple Contemporary at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Prior to moving to Philadelphia from the UK in 2011, Blackson was curator of public programs at Nottingham Contemporary and curator of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead. Temple Contemporary’s initiatives include Funeral for a Home (2013-2014), reForm with Pepón Osorio and the Fairhill community (2014-2015), Symphony for a Broken Orchestra (2016-2019), and 1000 Ways to Listen (2019).

Paul M. Farber, PhD is a public historian, curator, and educator from Philadelphia. He is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab, a national public art and history studio. He also teaches courses in Fine Arts and Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Farber currently serves as the founding curator-in-residence of the New Arts Justice at Express Newark. Farber's research explores urban history, cultural memory, and aesthetic approaches to civic engagement. He is the co-editor of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia (Temple University Press, 2019) and author of A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall (University of North Carolina Press, 2020).

Maori Karmael Holmes is a filmmaker and curator. She is the founder of BlackStar Film Festival. She has organized programs in film and performance at a myriad of organizations including: Anthology Film Archives, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Barnes Foundation, Painted Bride Art Center, Scribe Video Center, Lightbox Film Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and The Underground Museum. As a filmmaker, her film and video works have screened internationally and been broadcast domestically.