(NE)LA Stories: Interviews with Community Members of Los Angeles Main MenuIntroduction to (NE)LA StoriesOur Storytellers and InterviewsAlphabetical List of All InterviewsIndex of Keyword Topics in the InterviewsA Listing of All Keywords with which we have Tagged our InterviewsOur InterviewersAlphabetical Index of InterviewersPhase One: Spring 2019Phase Two: Fall 2019Phase Three: Spring 2021Phase Four: Spring 2022About Oral History MethodologyAcknowledgements
12020-04-21T21:54:26+00:00Compass Rose Photo Gallery5gallery2020-04-22T23:08:44+00:00 During the Spring semester of 2019, community members from Highland Park shared their histories and personal journeys with students from Occidental College. These interviews - all now digitized, archived, and available here - are the first in (NE)LA Stories: an ongoing program of community story collection housed at Occidental College.
These personal stories were at the heart of Compass Rose, the inaugural exhibition at Oxy Arts by artist and Highland Park resident Debra Scacco. The exhibition utilized the interviews in tandem with the historic Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas (1867 - 1977) to create a new kind of map: one built by the stories generously contributed by community members.The exhibition sought to deconstruct the map of Northeast Los Angeles, transforming a historic set of lines into a series of unfolding stories. The exhibition included a hanging glass installation and a re-imagined version of the Sanborn atlas, as well as listening stations where visitors could hear and read the interviews.
Compass Rose proposes a contemporary cartographic rewrite. One which does not compress, but expands. One which does not dictate, but invites. One in which the map is made by stories, not the other way around.