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:
Une (h)antologie de l'Anthropocène, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
Ann Arbor Film Festival
ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano
Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna
Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires
Cairo Video Fest
Codes & Modes, Hunter College, NYC
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Systems & Layers, Flaherty NYC @ Anthology Film Archive
KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest Flatpack Festival, Birmingham
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Iowa City Docs
LIMA Independiente Festival Internacional de Cine
Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino
Punto de Vista, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental
Strange Beauty, Durham
Seattle Design Festival
Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival
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