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Kelly Lynn Jones and Matthew Waldbillig explore the many layers of how history unfolds between the archetypal function of an object and story telling. By using objects found buried in the back yard at Sight School and the folklore passed on by local residents they create their own myths within the place. To start their own layer they collect the… ephemera of the past and aim to highlight the constant evolving nature of history.
1. This is what remains from a guitar that belonged to an unknown aspiring folk singer of the late 1960’s. He realized his songs were completely derivative and unable to create an original song so he jumped off the Bay Bridge to his death.
2. Before the buffalo moved to Golden Gate Park, they roamed with the wild dogs of Oakland.
3. No clue.
4. Found in back yard.
5. This was used in a ritual a bunch of people from the 1970’s performed. They all had taken a bunch of acid and were making up the ritual based on watching the Wicker Man. Little did they know they were actually calling up evil spirits. No one knows exactly what happened that night, all that was left was a giant black burnt circle in the ground and this star shape. There was only one survivor who currently is in a mental hospital. The other participants’ whereabouts are unknown.
6. The gun was used by a woman who killed her husband after she discovered sexually suggestive letters he received from another woman. After confronting him, he denied it and claimed they were not his. She did not believe him, so in a fit of rage, she used his shotgun and shot his leg almost completely off. He begged for his life and swore they were not his, so she looked closer and noticed they were addressed to his father who had the same name and were written twenty years later. Embarrassed and frightened, she ran out of the house screaming and was never to be seen again.
7. This Pick Axe was from the late 1800’s and was discarded after never striking gold.
8. This was one of two hinges that used to hold up a wooden shelf up high in an attic of an office building that used to be on San Pablo Ave. On this shelf there were folders of important document on the Key System, which was the mass transit in the East Bay started in 1903 and ended 1960. The documents disappeared right before the Key System was stopped. We will never know what was in the documents and if they were part of the reason the transit was shut down.
9. Current Resident
10. Not everyone that goes to Burning Man is a bad person, I know one.
11. He wanted to have a bike shop, so this space was perfect. He began to collect used bikes. One day he couldn’t leave his house.
12. I think he came from back East, New York maybe. His voice quivered while his hand movements were fast. He bought every major city Newspaper daily and covered the windows so no one could see in. He disappeared one day. Months later a dry cleaners moved in.
13. During Prohibition the fermentation process was often extended by burying the bottles underground. This was also a way to throw off the cops.
14. No one believed the hippy woman’s ghost stories, however the creaking on the roof never ceases.
15. Documentation of one week in Sight School’s history.
Notes, Objects, Dialogue, Various Remnants
October 23, 2010, Sight School, Oakland. CA
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