Parkeology excavates social histories of public space through interpretive art programming. We think old places like parks or museums are grounds for new forms of intimacy. We treat museum collections as arenas for storytelling, and park spaces as hidden archives.
Originating in Balboa Park, San Diego, Parkeology has developed performances, videos, and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe with museums, guilds, nonprofits, community centers, and history centers. Founded in 2015 by artist Kate Clark, Parkeology is a nomadic institution that works with artists, activists historians, community groups, and scientists. All projects are free to the public and grant supported.
True to our our motto- we trust in dust. Dust can tell you a lot: it's the dandruff of monuments and castoffs. Our projects begin by digging through the many truths that form a dust cloud around one artifact, parking lot, or border fence. What emerges from this research can vary between an experimental concert for 500, a play for 1,000, or an intimate sound installation for 3.
Through our programs, we work to connect segregated communities and highlight narratives that often don’t make it into the historical ledger. We work closely with our collaborators- over the course of months to years- to develop projects that are sensitive and thought provoking.
Parkeology events expand the interpretive format of the park ranger tour: a temporary, performative event that draws us closer to the lesser known sites, stories, and experiences of urban parks, museums, and other public spaces.
Hosted by marionettes Park Ranger Kim Duclo and Parkeology lead artist Kate Clark. Each episode delves into the backstory of the characters, stories, and production of each Parkeology site and event. Participants, hosts, and partners become co-producers of this web tv series. Directed by Ren Ebel. Original music by Karl Blau.
An ongoing teen and youth drop in program, co-hosted with the San Diego Art Institute. Youth Club Parkeology members meet regularly for workshops, activities, and field trips in Balboa Park. Teen Club Parkeology members collaborate with Parkeology artists to produce the 5 Parkeology events- through video and sound editing sessions, theater design, sculpture workshops, and more.