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, decommissioned nuclear plants, 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 of Finland; and written the entire text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance.
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 the Ann Arbor Film Festival and tour; Antimatter, Victoria, BC; ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano; Athens, Ohio; Black Maria; Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna; Cairo Video Fest; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona; Chicago Underground; Kassel Dokfest; Flatpack, Birmingham; FLEX; Iowa City Docs; Images, Toronto; Maine International; Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; Open City Docs, London; Punto de Vista, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Navarra; Seattle International; Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival; ZagrebDox.
h o p e t u c k e r (at) theobituaryproject (dot) org
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