Funerals for a Moment
"Funerals for a Moment" will bring together collaborators across space and time to commemorate the passing of inconsequential moments at particular locations in New York City. The culminating event of the project at the Psy.Geo.Conflux will be a collaborative performance of simultaneous funerals across New York City.
We typically conduct funerals for the passing of humans and animals. Why not the passing of time? Why shouldn't we build elaborate ritualistic ceremonies to commemorate the time and place that we crossed a street, dropped a bag, sneezed violently, looked at a watch, looked at the sky, said hello, resolved to do it, fell asleep, bought milk, or remembered a fact?
Approximately one month before the Conflux, I will set up a website and send out a call to artists/collaborators who will contribute stories/descriptions/poems/texts about brief moments that passed whilethey were in New York City. The emphasis will be to submit moments that were in no way crucial to their lives - inconsequential, insignificant moments which in no way affected the outcome of who they are today. Contributors will submit their moment-story online. Each moment-story will be associated with a specific street address in NYC where it took place. The contributor will be invited to suggest how they would like another person to commemorate their moment-story (e.g. reading of a eulogy, placement of specific objects in specific locations, jumping up and down, tackling a passerby, etc).
Each moment-story will be showcased on the website in a web gallery. Online visitors will be able to post suggestions to each story in regards to how it might be commemorated at the Psy.Geo.Conflux 2004 "Funerals for a Moment" event.
All of the funeral documentation will then be posted on the website along with informative maps and highly clickable graphics. There will be a space online for participants to post their reflections, comments, and stories about performing funeral services for moments passed.
kanarinka is a new media artist, curator and a java programmer. In 2000, she co-founded the Boston-based art & technology collective iKatun. She is the Technical Project Manager of the WIDE World Research Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over five years of experience building software applications. kanarinka is a candidate for an MFA degree in Studio Arts through the Maine College of Art.