ashes to ashes

& data to dust

A FUNERAL SERVICE FOR THE YEAR 2020

Welcome to Ashes to Ashes and Data to Dust.

Read below to learn more about the project.

Project Description

Grief is the sorrow that comes from losing someone and the imagined future you thought you would have together.  This year has been a global year of loss. In 2020, people have experienced loss of life, work, financial stability, mental sanity. With so much loss there has been little time to grieve, let alone grasp everything that has happened. Ashes to Ashes and Data to Dust provides space to mourn, grieve, and remember all that 2020 was and was not.

 

Mourners will visit a virtual funeral service where they can write text to grieve, mourn, or eulogize 2020. Guests will view live feed of the physical installation from multiple perspectives: .  Ashes to Ashes and Data to Dust is a physical sculpture that takes on the material shape of a coffin, inclusive of a thermal printer inside the coffin, printing guests’ eulogies into a long receipt, filling the coffin. The most common words shared in submissions will be projected onto the coffin giving an overview of the body. 

 

Each day mourners may virtually visit the body of 2020 between the hours of 5-10 PM PST, Ashes to Ashes and Data to Dust will end by bringing 2020 to its final resting place, in hopes of leaving the pain behind and beginning new in 2021.

Meet the Team

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Kathleen Fox (Lead Artist) : Kathleen Fox is an interdisciplinary artist and multimedia designer who is interested in creating emotional and investigative experiences in digital media.  She works in virtual reality, augmented reality, video design for live performance, animation, architectural projection, and game design. Kathleen has worked on and off-Broadway with the Richard Frankel Group, Audible, and most recently the HERE Art Center. Kathleen is currently pursuing her MFA in Interactive Media for Performance at the California Institute of the Arts with a specialization in Integrated Media.

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Amy Chiao (Set Designer) : Amy Chiao is an interdisciplinary artist and designer working in performance, video, soft sculpture, and collage. Based in Los Angeles, California, Chiao comes from a family of Cantonese musicians and composers, Opera singers, and mannequin manufacturers. Her work uncovers the fictitious nature of society and explores speculative design narratives of public and private space. She is currently a MFA2 in Set Design and Integrated Media at CalArts. www.amychiao.com

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Natalie Nicholas (UX Designer) : Natalie Rose Nicholas is a gender queer, multidisciplinary performance artist living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Using darkness as a path to light, Nicholas builds experiences that encourage unrepressed expressivity and divine authenticity.  They are now pursuing an MFA at CalArts with a métier in Interactive Media for Performance and a concentration in Integrated Media. @natalierosenicholas

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Evanie Yawen Sun (Production Designer) : Evanie is a multidisciplinary artist who is currently interested in and focusing on entertainment and art management. Growing up in China and studying in the U.S., she feels blessed to have a diverse cultural and educational background. While staying real and true, she respects the value of every creative production. Working flexibly, seriously, creatively, and efficiently, she had successfully stage-managed and coordinated several live productions. Showing the unique wisdom of the artists and their creative productions is her eternal goal. Evanie is currently an MFA1 stage management student at California Institute of the Arts.

 

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Meet the Team

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Kathleen Fox (Lead Artist) : Kathleen Fox is an interdisciplinary artist and multimedia designer who is interested in creating emotional and investigative experiences in digital media.  She works in virtual reality, augmented reality, video design for live performance, animation, architectural projection, and game design. Kathleen has worked on and off-Broadway with the Richard Frankel Group, Audible, and most recently the HERE Art Center. Kathleen is currently pursuing her MFA in Interactive Media for Performance at the California Institute of the Arts with a specialization in Integrated Media. www.kathleen-fox.com

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Amy Chiao (Set Designer) : Amy Chiao is an interdisciplinary artist and designer working in performance, video, soft sculpture, and collage. Based in Los Angeles, California, Chiao comes from a family of Cantonese musicians and composers, Opera singers, and mannequin manufacturers. Her work uncovers the fictitious nature of society and explores speculative design narratives of public and private space. She is currently a MFA2 in Set Design and Integrated Media at CalArts. www.amychiao.com

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Jake Siekman (technical director) : Hi, I’m Jake. I love to bring designs to life. The more challenging and intricate the better. I’m a technical director/designer who is passionate about production, collaboration, and execution.  I strive to build and design with a high degree of craftsmanship and that’s why I’m currently studying Technical Direction at California Institute of the Arts.  After graduation in May 2021, I plan to pursue a career in Technical Direction. I enjoy working in a variety of avenues: experiential, traditional theater, corporate theater, dance, and anything else that allows me to build a design. www.jakesiekman.com/

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Natalie Nicholas (UX Designer) : Natalie Rose Nicholas is a gender queer, multidisciplinary performance artist living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Using darkness as a path to light, Nicholas builds experiences that encourage unrepressed expressivity and divine authenticity.  They are now pursuing an MFA at CalArts with a métier in Interactive Media for Performance and a concentration in Integrated Media. @natalierosenicholas

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Ry Burke (Lighting Designer) : Ry Burke is a lighting designer and dramaturg concerned with the intersection of color and how it is used as a tool for communication. Ry’s ongoing thesis project investigates the ephemeral qualities of light/color as a medium for queer storytelling and community in an era of isolation.
They have worked with the Julliard School, the Portland Experimental Theater Ensemble, The Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and Compagnia de Colombari. Previous theatrical lighting design includes two Celebrando Fornés shows, season 4 of a live soap opera, and several queer adaptations of Romeo and Juliet.


 

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Alena Deval (Sound Designer) : Alena Delval is a Lighting and Sound Designer based in the LA area. She is pursuing a BFA in Design and Production at California Institute of the Arts. Theatre has become my passion and I strive to share this passion through my work. I started out working with lighting in theater at a young age and then broadened those skills into other media such as sound design for video games.

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Evanie Yawen Sun (Production Manager) : Evanie is a multidisciplinary artist who is currently interested in and focusing on entertainment and art management. Growing up in China and studying in the U.S., she feels blessed to have a diverse cultural and educational background. While staying real and true, she respects the value of every creative production. Working flexibly, seriously, creatively, and efficiently, she had successfully stage-managed and coordinated several live productions. Showing the unique wisdom of the artists and their creative productions is her eternal goal. Evanie is currently an MFA1 stage management student at California Institute of the Arts.

 

special thanks

Special thanks to the CalArts School of Theater, Peter Flaherty, Daniel Jackson, Michael Darling, Rachel Scandling, the Online Performance Grant, thurs.night,  Patrick Smith, Kate Dewall, Victor Sandoval Torres, Jordie Rippon, The School of Theater Festival Committee, Bree Sherry, Ellen McCartney,  the Video Installation class, the Fox Family, the Cleary Family, Simon Magno, Jack Frey, Natalia Byrdak, and Jean Vogel