Blood Lines2019 NON:op Open Opera Works

[ PARTICIPATE ] in Blood Lines

To participate in the Blood Lines online video installation, download the video instructions and list of names of those killed in the 1919 uprising. Using your smart phone or other device, video record yourself saying the name, age, race, and time, place, and manner of death of one of the dead. Choose a location for your background and record your video in landscape mode. Be aware that excessive background sound may make your voice inaudible. Speak loudly, clearly, and at a moderate speed. Additional notes may be found with the video instruction document.

If you would like to do more than one reading, please record each in a separate file. If you are able, please edit your video as you would like it to be presented. (See the sample videos on the Readings page, and the 2019 Blood Lines installation video at Augustana Lutheran Church at the right as examples of live readings.) If you would like us to edit your video please let us know in the form.

Then, fill out this FORM. You will receive an email reply with a link to upload your video. Most fields are required, though you may remain anonymous and opt out of receiving future emails from us. You must include your email so that we can send you the upload link and check the release box in order for us to include your video in NON:onLINE and as part of the Blood Lines online video installation.

Demographic questions are optional and encouraged. We ask for this information to help us create diversity among the readers and to allow viewers of the completed installation to customize their viewing experience. And it will be helpful for us as we apply for funding to support this and other programs in The Memory Project.

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Contributors will be compensated for each reading included in the Blood Lines video installation at $5 per video, with five ($25) being the maximum per contributor. You may choose to receive your honorarium directly (via Zelle or PayPal), donate your honorarium back to NON:op to support this and other participatory programs, or have your honorarium donated to Black Lives Matter or another non-profit organization. (See the participation form for details.)

Acceptance Criteria
Video readings will be reviewed by NON:op and accepted for the Blood Lines video installation based on the following criteria:
– Audio and video are understandable and clear.
– Audio and video do NOT contain profanity or hate speech.

Additionally, videos will be selected based on insuring a diversity of readers with a maximum of five readings per Blood Lines name and not more than five submissions per reader.

NON:op will continue to accept video readings for Blood Lines in order to create an interactive experience of the installation.

Note: In addition to the video readings, the Blood Lines online installation will include a video consisting of images from historic newspaper articles, historic images, last year’s installation, current neighborhood images, and a historical timeline. Once we have readings for each of the 38 deaths we will continue to accept videos in order to create a personal interactive installation experience. See the list of names below to find out and how many recordings of each we have accepted.

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Information on SAY THEIR NAMES (a database of Black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919) and how you can participate is available HERE. If you would like to assist with this research, or if you have the name and information of a person you would like to add to the database, please contact Ron Browne at ronaldbrowne [at] nonopera [dot] org.

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1919 Chicago Race Riot Deaths and Number of Readings

Eugene WilliamsBlack1Clarence MetzWhite1
James CrawfordBlack1Paul HardwickBlack2
Casmere LazzeroniWhite1Joseph PowersWhite2
Eugene TempleWhite1Robert WilliamsBlack1
John MillsBlack1Thomas JoshuaBlack1
Oscar DozierBlack1Walter ParejkoWhite1
Nicholas KleinmarkWhite1Morris I. PerelWhite1
William J. OttersonWhite1Edward W. JacksonBlack1
Henry GoodmanBlack2Harold BrignadelloWhite1
John SimpsonBlack1Samuel BassBlack1
Joseph SanfordBlack1Joseph LovingsBlack1
Hymes TaylorBlack1Berger OdmanWhite1
John Walter HumphreyBlack1Ira HenryBlack1
Edward LeeBlack2G. L. WilkinsWhite1
Stefan HorvathWhite1Joseph SchoffWhite1
Louis TaylorBlack1Theodore CoplingBlack1
David MarcusWhite1Samuel BanksBlack2
Henry BakerBlack1William H. DozierBlack3
B. F. HardyBlack3George FlemmingWhite1