Cultivating Pasadena
From Roses to Redevelopment
By The Labyrinth Project

Project Credits

Direction, photography & design: Rosemary Comella
Executive Producer: Marsha Kinder
Cinematography & editing: Jay Majer
Image development & additional photography: Sirirat Thawilvejakul-Yoom
Research: Karen Voss, Meredith Drake-Reitan, Rosemary Comella, Marsha Kinder, Matthew Roth, Morgan P. Yates
Programming & Sound Design: Kevin Tanaka
Opening Sequence: Sirirat Thawilvejakul-Yoom
Sound: Juri Hwang, Jay Majer
Original Music-Title Sequence: Benjamin Hendricks, Paul Maurer
Additional research: Lin Shi, Ioana Uricuru
Additional photography: Robert Buerkle, Jaime Nasser, Jessica Witkin
Technical assistance: Guillermo Paredes
Advisors: Andreas Kratky, Scott Mahoy
Administration & rights clearances: JoAnn Hanley
Commentators: Enrique Arevalo, Claire Bogaard, Janet Akosua Edge, Lee Silver, Kevin Starr, Karen Stokes, Robert Winter

Special Thanks:
Annenberg Center: Josie Acosta, Steve Adcook, Elizabeth Daley, Janine Fron, Kristy H.A. Kang, Todd Richmond, John Zollinger
The Automobile Club of Southern California: Matthew Roth, Morgan Yates
The Pasadena Museum of California Art: Wessley Jessup
The Labyrinth Experimental Summer Workshop: A transdisciplinary workshop on interactive projects in art &education, 2004

Archivists: Dace Taube, Regional History Collection Librarian, Specialized Libraries and Archival Collections, USC; Carolyn Kozo Cole,
Los Angeles Public Library; Carolyn Garner, Arcadia Public Library; Gary Kurutz, California State Library, Sacramento; Dan McLaughlin,
Pasadena Public Library; Lian Partlow, Pasadena Museum of History; Susan Kim and G. Piper Carr, Corbis, Hearst Entertainment;
Jennifer Watts, Huntington Library and Valerie Schwan, Moving Image Archive, USC.

Research and Access: Gary Cowles on Busch Gardens; Dennis Crowley on the Dobbins Cycleway; John Harrigan, on Mount Lowe and Granite Gate;
Janet Kostner of the City of Pasadena, Film Permit Office; Robert Tanous, Vice Principal, Washington Middle School, Pasadena; and Bradley Williams
and Andrew Ballantyne, 9th Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals Historical Society. The project also benefited greatly from the walking tours conducted by
Pasadena Heritage; the volunteer docents are an invaluable source of information on the history of Pasadena and its built environment.
— The Labyrinth Project, May 19th, 2008

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Rosemary Comella
Creative Director/Designer
Rosemary Comella has been working since 1999 as a project director, interface designer and programmer at the Labyrinth Project. As part of Labyrinth, she developed the interface for Tracing the Decay of Fiction, a cinematic-interactive project between experimental filmmaker Pat O'Neill and the Labyrinth team, and she collaborated on The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Current of the River, an interactive installation with filmmaker Peter Forgács that premiered at the Getty Museum in 2002. She also co-directed Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, an interactive installation and DVD-ROM, in collaboration with cultural historian Norman M. Klein, and with Andreas Kratky from ZKM. These three works were in the exhibition Future Cinema, a prominent and extensive survey of works using art and technology at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. In early 2005, as part of series called Urban Traces, she completed Cultivating Pasadena: From Roses to Redevelopment an interactive exhibition, catalog and DVD-ROM that explores the evolving urban landscape through re-photography and oral history. She is currently working on another project in this series that further develops techniques for examining urban change, this time in an area of Los Angeles called Koreatown.

For the past twelve years, Comella has been producing new media works ranging from interactive installations and CD-ROMS with various artists to social research projects, children’s CD-ROMS and cultural projects. Some of the published CD-ROM titles she has been instrumental in developing include: An Anecdoted Archive of the Cold War by George Legrady and HyperReal Media Productions, San Francisco; Slippery Traces by George Legrady in collaboration with Rosemary Comella, published by ZKM, Karlsruhe; Clicking In by Lynn Hershman, published by Bay Press, Seattle; MUNTADAS: Media, Architecture, Installations, published by Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Cosmos, voyage dans l’universe, published by Montparnasse Multimedia, Paris. She has also participated in developing interactive museum installations for the following venues: Kunst und Austellung Halle Museum, Bonn; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Siemens Museum, Munich; the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles and ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe.

In 1998-99, before coming to the Labyrinth Project, Comella worked with Dr. Armando Valdez, a behavioral scientist and communications researcher who specializes in developing more effective methods and technologies for communicating to under served and hard-to-reach populations. For his company, Valdez & Associates, she designed and programmed the interface for an interactive kiosk disbursed to health clinics around California. This kiosk is a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) production meant to reach low-income, semi-literate women about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. The results of the study of these kiosks demonstrated that interactive technology is an acceptable and effective medium for reaching the target audiences. Indeed the follow-up survey revealed that 51% of the non-adherent women in the sample obtained or scheduled a mammogram within four months after exposure to the intervention.

In addition to her career in the digital realm, Comella has also worked in the fine arts arena both as an assistant director at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and as an exhibiting artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has an undergraduate degree in both

Marsha Kinder
Executive Producer
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Karen Voss
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Kevin Tanaka
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