Marble & Media Lab

Marble and Media: Digital Activations of Public Memory is a ZERO1 creative laboratory co-led by artists Cheyenne Concepcion and Camila Magrane in collaboration with New Monuments Taskforce and emerging artists from across the Bay Area. 

To learn more about the Public Art Project, and view all of the artists’ projects, visit: ZERO1‘s public art page ︎︎︎

Lab Description:
2020 was a tumultuous year for SF’s monuments. Last year, following a national reckoning around race and representation, the toppling of X SF monuments across the city, and the controversy surrounding a design for a Maya Angelou monument, New Monuments Taskforce emerged as an artistic tactic to engage a critical conversation on the city’s civic monuments and the forces that uphold them. Guised as a fantastical municipal agency, New Monuments Taskforce is a platform engaged in the dialogue, design and development of New Monuments. We create space for critical conversations, radical research and experimenting with new ways of memorialization.

This workshop does just that. Over the 6-week workshop, as a group, we will had critical conversations on memorialization techniques from our Nation’s past in order to build on these themes for the future. We used Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse as a site of investigation and experimentation. Using Augmented Reality, this workshop tests experimental methods of representation and analysis while challenging preconceived notions of monuments and how history gets written. Artists learned from examples of artists, writers and designers whose work also reckons with themes of memory and place. The final projects will consist of individual works that will be deployed in situ, as part of a public group exhibition.
2/17/21 - 3/3/21: Site Research & AR Development
3/3/21 - 3/17/21: Individual Project Development
3/18/21-3/31/21: Install & Trouble shooting
3/31/21-4/7/21: Exhibition Period

Participating Artists: 
Hannah Scott
Kim Nucci
Jeff Enlow
Mae Ross
Caleb Lightfoot
CJ Manar-Spears
Paola de la Calle
Hena Muttreja

Relic Report Vol. 2 out now!

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Relic Report Vol. 2 out now!

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NMT Presents:

The Relic Report is an unofficial municipal study of San Francisco’s monuments and memorials and their intersection with our country’s racist history. Self-commissioned by New Monuments Taskforce, the two-part publication documents a playful investigation of public monuments in the city’s civic art collection.

Volume 1 was released on Oct. 5th, 2020 and kicked off a month-long "Public Comment" survey that asked Bay Area residents to reflect on their relationship to monuments and what a new wave of monuments could or should look like. 

The responses and reflections donated by citizens on these monuments have been curated and compiled into this booklet, Relic Report Vol. 2, concluding NMT's inaugural initiative.

The Relic Report (part one) : Inquiry & Instructions 

The first booklet functions as a research guide of sorts -- an artistic interpretation of qualitative analysis, part one introduces defined subgroups as its primary frame of inquiry of the civic monuments in question. Subgroup analysis involves subdividing data points by qualitative characteristics (e.g. historical, race, aesthetic, form) or other variables to identify disparities and differences among subgroups. Subgroups in this study were created through a process of play and provocation. Subgroups are meant to initiate inquiry, expose irregularities and question the messaging and memory encapsulated by these statuary symbols. Intended to provide fodder for critical conversations around monuments in question, part one offers instructions for “public comment.”

Public Comment

Public comment is a democratic tool used to facilitate public involvement of stakeholders. Popular amongst politicians and planning agencies alike, we decided to employ a “public comment” period (October 5 - October 25, 2020) to The Relic Report to generate community input, and record reflections on SF’s monumental landscape. Donated perspectives, ruminations and recommendations may be documented in the final publication of the report. We are facilitating our Public Comment Process in-print (enclosed in booklet one) and online for your convenience.

The Relic Report (part two) : Reckoning & Recommendations

The second booklet is a creative culmination of participant reflections donated through “public comment survey.” An artifact of our time together, part two summarizes main findings, common goals and further recommendations for a new wave of monuments.


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About the Taskforce

New Monuments Taskforce is a fantastical municipal agency engaged in the dialogue, design and development of Bay Area Monuments and Memorials. Led by a collaborative team of artists, activists, designers and cultural workers, NMT strives to broaden public understanding of local monuments and advise relative civic agencies on the removal, redesign or retention of SF’s statuary symbols.

We create space for radical research, critical conversations, political engagement and monument prototyping through artistic initiatives ranging from publications, to workshops, to exhibitions, to public art inteventions. We work with public art agencies and institutions to draw out potential connections, complex motifs and timely entry points for further action 

Our inaugural art initiative, “The Relic Report (SF),” a two-part publication that evaluates the city’s public art and its intersection with our country’s racist history.

Download Relic Report Vol 1
Download Relic Report Vol 2

Our current initiative (Feb-April 2021) is in partnership with ZERO1; where we created a workshop and empowered emerging Bay Area artists to reckon with monuments at a site of protest through the use of Augmented Reality.