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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Jack Toolin, United States

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Proposal Title: My Space for Your Life (working title), 11/16/2007, Other

Proposal Synopsis: This project will be realized in several forms: photographic prints, a web site featuring the images made, and as individual MySpace accounts for as many of the Iraqis killed as is possible. The project will encorporate the contributions of hundreds of people who choose to honor Iraqi citizens killed in the war by 'standing in' for them in photographic portraits, holding handwritten signs that commemorate the killed Iraqis by name. As a sign of empathy and allegiance with the Iraqi victims, the figures of the volunteers will be darkened and subdued. This will also place emphasis upon the sign rather than the individual standing in. As stated above, the images will be printed for exhibition, and they will be featured on a Web site in which the photos will link to personal pages on MySpace. Visitors to the MySpace pages will find details about the death of individual named in the photograph and lnks to the Iraqi Memorial web site, as well as the Iraq Body Count web site. Ideally, these MySpace pages will be created by the individuals choosing to participate. This will help to spread out the work load and provide for geater, broader involvement.

Artist's Biography: Toolin is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, video, performance, and new media. He is a founding member of the new media collaborative C5, whose work in data visualization, locative media, and performance exhibition, has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including such venues as the San Jose Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and FILE, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His personal work has been presented in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and New York, among other cities. This work has largely focused on economics and the drifting of power as nationalism has shifted towards globalism.

Artist's Website: http://www.jacktoolin.net

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