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lauren woods, Archive I, 2018–, mixed media. Installation view.

lauren woods, Archive I, 2018–, mixed media. Installation view.

lauren woods

Beall Center for Art + Technology

For the past several years, lauren woods has been investigating public space, historical memory, and social consciousness through what she calls “inter-media monuments.” Unlike traditional monuments, towering and seemingly permanent, woods’s are interactive and scaled to the human body. Take, for example, her Drinking Fountain #1, 2013, located beneath a worn WHITE ONLY sign in the Dallas County Records Building. The Jim Crow–era sign had reappeared some years earlier when the metal plate covering it fell off. Instead of repressing the city’s history of segregation by erasing the words, woods altered the drinking fountain beneath them to commemorate the civil rights movement and its legacy of political resistance in the present. Now, before they take a sip, visitors must view projected 1960s newsreel footage of policemen in Birmingham, Alabama, aiming water cannons at African American

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