Plank showcased three exciting projects that use digital media to both commemorate the past and connect it to the present. Our speakers shared the stories behind their projects and explored the opportunities and challenges in doing history digitally.
Jenna Zuschlag Misener, Juno Beach Centre
From Vimy to Juno is a national travelling exhibit and web portal connecting Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars. These physical and virtual spaces tell the story of the Canadian experience in France during the First and Second World Wars, as well as the inter-war years which saw great change in Canadian culture and identity.
Ronald Rudin, Concordia University
Ronald Rudin is a professor of Public History at Concordia University and Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. The Lost Stories Project seeks out little known stories about the Canadian past and transforms them into inexpensive, site-specific works of public art. This process is documented through a series of short films. Along the way, forgotten moments from Canadian history are brought to light, and viewers have an opportunity to see the choices that have to be made when a story is turned into a work of art.
Jean Bérubé, Montréal en Histoires
Montréal en Histoires uses digital technology and new media to enable Montréalers, visitors and tourists to discover, explore and celebrate Montréal’s history. Cité Mémoire is their next project which will launch in Old Montréal in May 2016. Through a series of some twenty tableaux, Cité Mémoire brings Montréal’s past to life before our eyes using innovative projection on walls, trees and on the very ground where events took place.