• The Sin-eater, a virtual memorial


    The project requires the public to participate and is a memorial. Originally called My Hometown, then The Memory Memorial, through the last years, it became The Sin-eater.


    For a long period of time I have been wanting to realise an interactive art memorial project for people who died by means that are considered taboo — drug overdose, suicide, murdered (when participating in actions related to drugs), etc. — you get the picture. Those instances where shame and shock are experienced by those who were left behind, the people who loved them & perhaps even at times — might even have felt relief resulting perhaps with guilt (for even having that thought.)


    One of the tasks of the sin eater is to save the dead from walking the earth as ghosts.


    The idea had been in my mind for a long period of time and started with this short video created in 2008 and an attempt to get funding from the Franklin Furnace Fund in early 2009 without success. It’s gone through a long path and has still not been realised — YET. It comes in fits and starts.​​ It had a lot of interest and its own website for one year. It's time will come, it just won't die.


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  • Introduction Video

    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.


    Project Posted

    After posting a short video explaining the basis of the project, each month, 2x each month during a period of 12–18 months new creative exercises will be posted. Anyone can complete and submit an exercise.


    Submissions are public on the site

    All of the contributions from the public will be posted individually as they come in. Contributions can be public or anonymous.


    Works Compiled

    Some works will be compiled into new multi-media works, for example, a series of collage images may be brought together to compose a video or a mix of audio files will be edited together.

  • 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.

    Unlike a typical three-dimensional monument, built in physical space, which commemorates an event or a significant group of people, the monument is built in a virtual space to honor the people who died for reasons normally associated with the feeling of shame and considered taboo (i.e. overdose, suicide, who contracted AIDS from shared needles, drug addiction, in the context of violence etc.) In this sphere, it is often forgotten that these individuals had families, partners, people who loved them and the unspoken shame associated with this essentially means that the people that are left behind are often unable to fully grieve or are left feeling angry or shamed since the deceased are not honored in the public eye.
    Releasing Shame, Releasing Blame

    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.)


    My role:

    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


    Public’s/Contributor’s Roles

    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


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