Berkeley Beats Poetry: Long Term Implementation
After we implement our interpretive plan, it is our hope that these sites will remain in the same condition for the next 25 years. The audio tour could continue to be used as long as the sites did not drastically change their location, function, or exterior aesthetic. As most of the audio tour’s narration discusses the history of Ginsberg and his poems, small changes to the sites will not affect the narration as it mainly talks about the past. The pictures shown during the tour will all be from the 1950s, so they will always be relevant and will not need to be updated over time. The narration will have to be altered (ex: markers need to be modified) if a site changes enough that it no longer matches the description in the app. The application will also require a feature that allows it to update and sync with any changes in navigation and GPS, as well as general technology updates to stay current with the ever changing technologies and devices continuously changing and becoming obsolete.
The crowd sourcing app would ideally be used in concert with visiting each of these sites and being inspired by Ginsberg’s site-specific poems. If the sites remain in their current form, the app can continue to be used in this same manner, although regular updates with technology would be necessary. However, the app would still serve an important and effective function even if the sites were altered or destroyed. It will also encourage users to write their own poems and express what they are passionate about in different ways, which can be aroused by an ever-changing culture as much as by a dynamic place. Just as Ginsberg fought for free speech and personal expression through poetry in the 1950s, the app can be used to express support or opposition for whatever issue is currently facing users and their community. It could then be used as an interesting digital archive, documenting and digitally storing the thoughts and feelings of users over many decades.
Assuming that the Sconehenge Café and California College of the Arts remain in their current condition, the slam poetry showcases could continue into the long-term future, assuming a positive community turnout to the event occurs. As with the crowd sourcing app, the showcases’ content and forms of expression may change over time. However, regardless of how the political and social culture in the Bay area changes, the ability to express oneself in a manner similar to slam poetry will remain popular and important. If the Sconehenge Café is turned into a Honda showroom, it may be necessary to end the slam poetry showcases at this location and hold them only at the old Greyhound station.
Having text about Allen Ginsberg and his poems installed into these sites will only be effective in the long term if these sites do not change. Since most of the sites are not expected to change, we expect that installing text into these sites can be enjoyed for the next 25 years. For the old Town Hall Theater location, which might be reconstructed into a Honda Showroom, we hope that any installed text could be moved into a future renovated and repurposed building and stand as a symbol of the historic importance of the location. It is important that each of these sites retain a physical indication of their relation to Ginsberg and the Beat Generation so that locals, visitors, and tourists alike can understand and enjoy the location’s significance for decades to come.