The Power of New Technology to Promote Culture

This is a project my supervisor, Eduardo Sanchez, in the Education Department at LACMA is doing in which he explores the presence of Mesoamerican culture in Los Angeles and posts these videos on YouTube.  I found this video compelling for our topic of Heritage and Politics because it highlights the nascent changes which new technology is making on the power of heritage in politics.  While traditionally and largely at this point, the control and manipulation of heritage lies with politicians and government, this video project is evidence of the possibilities new media has to shift those influences.  When one individual with a video camera and some video editing software can choose what they value and share that in a public setting like YouTube, people can explore and express their identity on an individual basis.  A Californian born to immigrant parents can identify with their Mexican roots, exploring the importance of the Ancient Maya within the largely Anglo dominated world of Los Angeles.

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About projectpatrimonio

Helena Boyden Lamb, born 1985 in New York, has studied and worked in Politics, Heritage Ethics and Politics, and Opera Singing. Most recently, she is working in Brussels where she started in a European Think Tank and is now the Executive Office of a NGO which facilitates Youth Politics across the EU. She has a Bachelor with Honors from Stanford University, California in Classics: Politics and Heritage and a Masters with Honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK in European Identity. She has conducted academic or independent grant-funded research in the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Albania. She was, previously, an archaeologist and an opera singer. Cynthia Querio is a Museum Educator currently living and working in Los Angeles. She is interested in heritage and identity politics and the role of museum education departments in the trajectory of this debate. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a 9 month graduate internship at the Getty Villa's education department and has continued to work in many museums in Los Angeles including LACMA and the Autry National Center. Her academic background is in the Classics, which was her major at Stanford University and which she continued to pursue with a Masters in the History of Classical Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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