An introduction and original video was created in 2006, then this one in 2009.
Creating the Virtual Memorial
which will ultimately lead to a public display in the physical realm as well.
The Sin-Eater is an interactive virtual memorial created by its participants.
INTENTION — To build a memorial in the virtual and physical worlds as a place of remembrance, reflection, experimentation and connection.
Participants are called to action through a series of creative exercises posted on the internet. The resulting creations (collage, painting, drawing, video, audio, photographs, etc.) to be photographed or recorded and submitted to a website, where they will be shared publicly through various outlets including:
1. the Sin-Eater’s site
2. social media
3. exhibition space
CONCEPT-the project is a monument to memory in virtual space.
Furthermore, the memorial also questions the concepts of place and memory. The places, events and memories related to the lives of these people (both the creators and memorialised) constitute the foundations of the project. We may have a sense of time and place in our memories but time tampers with our memories. Memories are open to interpretation. Memory is prejudiced in that it is something personal and within the context of a specific person's reality. How we view the world is never objective.
Place & Memory
To those creating the memorial, the concept of place is meaningful. Yet, a place is beyond geography, it is a memory encased in emotion, perverted by our personal experience. However, within the context of the memorial, place becomes meaningless because the memorial is virtual, thereby it is everywhere (and no where.)
1. Create a quasi-narrative piece (video montage)-using a number of original visual representations created pictures with this theme and combined with audio, song titles and will be published on YouTube and the website created for this project, this being the starting point.
2. Create a series of expressive paintings, photographs and other media that will accompany some of the exercises and will use them as basis for some of the exercises and/or to be used in the explanatory video montage. These will not be examples of what the public will create but illustrative ideas about death culture — i.e. images from Day of the Dead, historical references, emotions, etc. Some of these images to be used to create the video described in #1.
3. Create and curate the site
1. Complete and submit creative exercises.
2. Participate in conversation if so desired through social media or commenting on the site.
Projects - Calls for Submissions
Each project is based on a public question or a quote that express an idea. They will be presented through a multi-media works, short which would explain the concept and what measures should be taken to completing it.
All submissions are accepted. This is a participatory project, not a competition for professional artists.
In the following we enumerate some basic ideas for public projects:
I. A Short Biography
Write a short biography of this person-maximum 100 words.
Then you’ll have read biography aloud and recorded as an audio.
Submit the audio file to the site.
II. Create a Ritual
Create and perform a ritual to honour this person.
Whilst performing the ritual, record it on video or photo.
Present the JPEGs or videos.
III. Make a Descriptive Collage
Make a collage describe this person.
Using images or text - 20 adjectives - from a newspaper, a magazine or from your own personal collection.
Scan or photograph and submit the jpeg, png or gif file.
IV. Create a Shadow Box
Collect objects based on your feelings about this person.
Dig deep, use your feelings to express how you felt about this person. Assemble the found objects in the shadow box.
Photograph and submit the file.
V. Share a memory
Sharing a memory about that person with someone else.
After this will be a collage of colors (using paper, paint or objects found), which describes the author’s emotions regarding this experience of sharing your feelings and stories with the other person.
V. Write a Letter to you
Write a letter from the person who has died, from their perspective.
Placing yourself in their shoes, what do you think they would want to say to you? Scan or photograph and submit.
VI. Write a Letter from you
What do you want to say as you write this letter to the person who has died.
Scan or photograph it, or send a text file.
VII. Portrait with Image Frame
Present an image with the person that you have lost framed with other images.
Using a black and white photocopier make a xerox of an image of the person you lost and paste it on a larger sheet (poster/bristol or other cardboard) you determine the size of the border/frame but 3" minimum is a good starting point.
In the space around the image - draw, paint or paste images from magazines or newspapers.
Photograph or scan the image and submit.
2 articles that I published on Medium about the project and its state or lack-of being
Saving Ghosts, The Sin-Eater Part I
The Sin-Eater Part II the Proposal