ASHES TO ASHES

& DATA TO DUST

Ashes to Ashes & Data to Dust

by Kathleen Fox

December 10 -14, 2020

Ashes to Ashes & Data to Dust was a virtual funeral service for the year 2020. Mourners were invited to reflect on their year through the project website. These reflections were then printed out into a physical coffin forming a collective eulogy.

 

The project concluded on New Years' Eve 2020 when the reflections were burned and finally brought back to dust.

The project is featured as a part of the first annual CalArts School of Theatre Festival and made possible by the CalArts Online Performance Grant. 

Team:

Lead Artist: Kathleen Fox

Set Designer: Amy Chiao

Technical Director: Jake Siekman

UX Designer: Natalie Nicholas

Sound Designer: Alena Deval

Lighting Designer: Ry Burke

Production Manger: Yawen "Evanie" Sun

Tech:

In this video installation, audience members were invited to view their personal reflections being printed out through three different live feeds of the coffin. Their reflections were printed out through a thermal printer that was connected to a Raspberry Pi. Text information was sent using IFTTT to post audience member's reflections to the printer's API.