As director of The Obituary Project, a compendium of experimental salvage ethnography that transforms a quotidian form of narrative, Hope Tucker reframes the passing of sites, people, communities, rituals, cultural markers, and ways of being.

She has documented shuttered bread factories, fallen witness trees, and disappearing civil rights era landmarks; animated cyanotypes of downwinders and old instructions for making fishing nets by hand; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths in Finland; written the entire text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance; and retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria.

Like all obituaries, these are selective interpretations of rich and complex lives. The Obituary Project rearranges the contours of biography by acknowledging the attributes by which we learn to recognize and which become markers of authentic life.

Recent screenings include:
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse; Ann Arbor Film Festival; ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano; Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna; Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe; European Media
Art Festival, Osnabrück; Isle of Wight Film Festival;
Kassel Dokfest; KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest; Flatpack Festival, Birmingham; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Iowa City Docs; Images, Toronto;
LIMA Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine; Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; Open City Docs, London;
Punto de Vista
, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental; Strange Beauty, Durham; Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival; ZagrebDox

25fps, Zagreb
Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires
Cairo Video Fest
Codes & Modes, Hunter College, NYC
Systems & Layers, Flaherty NYC @ Anthology Film Archive
Mass Art Film Society, Boston
Rural Route Film Festival Touring Program
Seattle Design Festival

h o p e t u c k e r (at) t h e o b i t u a r y p r o j e c t (dot) o r g

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