Symposium Participants

Brian Belak
Collections Manager, Chicago Film Archives 

Chicago Film Archives is a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution established in late 2003 in order to preserve and catalogue over five thousand 16mm films donated by the Chicago Public Library. A plan was conceived to create a regional film archive that conserves, promotes and exhibits moving image materials that reflect Chicago and Midwest history and culture.

Sara Chapman
Executive Director, Media Burn Archive 

Sara Chapman is executive director of the nonprofit Media Burn Archive, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Media Burn preserves and distributes documentary video and television created by artists, activists, and community groups. Media Burn has been recognized by the National Archives as "a part of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture" and was also selected for the federal Save America's Treasures program, placing its video collection alongside iconic recipients such as the original Star Spangled Banner and the Rosa Parks bus.

Marc Fischer

Marc’s practice deals in archives, excavating the contents of those found both in public libraries and the basement collections of acquaintances’ homes. His interest in private collections comes from the meticulous obsession that informs an individual’s collecting, and the knowledge attached to patient research rather than classical training.

Brian Graney
Associate Director and Senior Archivist, Black Film Center/Archive, Indiana University Bloomington

Brian Graney has been at the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University Bloomington since 2012. He has held previous archival positions at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, CA; New Mexico State Archives, NM; and Northeast Historic Film, ME.  He is a co-founder of International Home Movie Day, now in its 15th year, and a founding director of the non-profit Center for Home Movies.

Tempestt Hazel
Sixty Inches From Center, Director 

Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and director of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archiving initiative. Over the years she has worked in arts administration, curating, and multidisciplinary programming at Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago Park District, and Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago. Her exhibitions and research have been produced with the University of North Texas, South Side Community Art Center, Terrain Exhibitions, Contemporary Arts Council, Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC), and University of Chicago, with an upcoming collection-based exhibition at the DuSable Museum of African American History and a parallel exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art.

Andres Luis Hernandez
Associate Professor of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Andres Luis Hernandez is a Chicago-based artist, designer and educator who re-imagines the environments we inhabit. Through collaborative, community-based work with youth and adults, and independent, studio-based practice, he explores the potential of spaces for public dialogue, community building, and social action. Hernandez is co-founder of the Revival Arts Collective, a network of citizen activists using arts and culture as a catalyst for community redevelopment in Chicago; and founder and director of the Urban Vacancy Research Initiative, which enlists artists and designers to creatively address the phenomena of abandoned, razed, and vacant urban properties.

Joshua J. Kent

Joshua Kent is an interdisciplinary artist working in live performance, writing, and sculpture. Their practice explores poetics of the commonplace and material manifestations of the sublime. For the last six years Kent has lived and worked at St. Francis House, a grassroots community for adults experiencing housing precarity. Joshua's work has been presented at Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, EXPO Chicago, and Open Engagement. NewCity named Kent a Breakout Artist of 2014.

Josh MacPhee
Co-Founder, Interference Archive

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative and Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements based in Brooklyn, NY ( MacPhee is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now and Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture. He has organized the Celebrate People's History poster series since 1998 and has been designing book covers for many publishers for the past decade (

Nicole Marroquin
Associate Professor of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Nicole Marroquin is a transdisciplinary artist, strategist, researcher, concerned parent, and faculty in the Department of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her essays are included in the Chicago Social Practice History Book Series, Revista Contratiempo and AREA Chicago Magazine, and her work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art.  Marroquin presents her research at national conferences, including College Art Association, National Art Education Association, National Latino Studies, Latino Art Now.  In 2015, Marroquin was invited to present research at the University of Chicago in conjunction with the exhibit The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 and at the Art Institute of Chicago for the symposium The Wall of Respect and People’s Art Since 1967. 

Candace Ming
Project Manager/Archivist, South Side Home Movie Project 

Candace Ming is the Project Manager/Archivist for the South Side Home Movie Project at the University of Chicago. The South Side Home Movie Project is dedicated to the collection and preservation of 8mm, Super-8 and 16mm home movies from residents on Chicago’s South Side. Our archive consists of over 250 films from 20 donor families and spans from the 1920’s to the late 1970’s.  Ming is a graduate of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University and has worked at archives around the country.

Allison Schein
Archive Director, Experimental Sound Studio

ESS is a non-profit, artist-run organization focused on sound in all its exploratory cultural manifestations, including music, sound art, installation, cinema, performing arts, sound poetry, broadcast, new media, and more. Its mission is to serve the artists engaged in these disciplines, the audiences who listen to them, and the public who may as yet be unaware of sound's many creative dimensions. ESS' approach integrates production, presentation, education, and preservation, often in partnership with other organizations, constituencies, artists, and individuals.

Nell Taylor
Executive Director, Read/Write Library

Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. Under Taylor's leadership the Library strives to raise the visibility of work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds in order to reveal connective threads across neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and to encourage inquiry into and ownership of the historical record. The Library recognizes the contributions that all community members make to co-creating a city and believes that learning to value these stories plays a vital role in building empathy, community pride, and the ability to see oneself as a change agent.