last days of DEATH BE KIND are drawing near and our final
show will open on Tuesday November 8th 2011, titled "The rest is silence".
Whether repulsed by the commercialisation of the
skull or seduced by historical aesthetics this project is an opportunity
for contributing artists to comment and explore concepts, memories and
individual relationships with this universal deathly symbol of humanity.
A display module will be built to evoke a catacomb
chamber, creating an engaging and poetic environment to house the art
and artefacts. Similar to a catacomb and the practise of burying ordinary
citizens en masse, this project is conceptually underpinned by the presentation
of the works devoid of labelling. However, the works will be captioned
in a book to accompany the exhibition.
November 1st and 2nd are days that have traditionally been associated
with remembering the dead; All Saints Day, All Souls Day and Day of the
Dead, are all celebrations of rememberance for family and friends, the
known and the unknown who have passed away. But unfortunately it is also Melbourne Cup day so we thought it wise to open a week later on Tuesday November 8th 2011.
“The rest is silence” are
the last words uttered by Shakespeare’s original anti-hero
Hamlet before he dies in the final act.
Representations of the human skull
play a central role in the iconic symbology of death.
Skulls are always anonymous, and treated as objects rather
than subjects. They are not somebody. They represent everybody;
DEATH BE KIND needs your help to stage an exhibition
and publish a book that will create a metaphoric shrine to the
skull and its representations in contemporary art and culture.
This collaboration will
collect together writing, artwork by contemporary artists
as well as collected images or objects both hand
made and mass produced that respond to the human skull.
OCTOBER 24 2011
Register here before October 24 if you
would like to participate.