DOD (:-X dias_de_los_Muertos/2009 (:-X celebrates the deads journey back to the world of the living. By providing an annual time and physical space for the dead to emerge from our collective memory, the festive holiday asks us to consider the universal and ephemeral nature of our own destinies. Conceived as a digital altar, dias_de_los_Muertos/2009 (:-X encourages participants to commemorate aspects of an honored ones life and take ownership of the deads journey as their own.
Designed as a multimedia social networking project comprised of prints, text, video, paintings, photography— much of which will be produced as user generated content— the project is meant to be a living exploration of the Days of the Dead holiday. By traveling to different sites from San Francisco to San Diego, Mexico City and Oaxaca, we will generate materials that will help expand our understanding of the history, art, altars, customs, and crafts that are intrinsic to the observance of Days of the Dead. Interviews with diverse people, including artists, artisans and vendors, visual documentation of festivity preparations, as well as our own posts and blogs, will all provide online visitors with first-hand information about the celebration and its many cultural bi-products.
dias_de_los_Muertos/2009 (:-X aims to contribute a new vein to the collection of day of the dead folk and fine art production—using interactivity to carve out a public space for contemporary audiences to adopt and translate new and old day of the dead traditions.