A Life Unremarked a video art work, A Life Unremarked, from April 2014 by my late husband Martin Herbert.
I discovered the unfinished video work after his death and decided to do a posthumous collaboration by adding an appropriate ending and a soundtrack.
Martin's project was exploring the premise that the skills of the generalist or polymath are not valued in our society - that individuals are only well-regarded if they become 'experts' in one narrow field. People in today's world are able to do extraordinary things and have adventures that only a select few could even have dreamt of in the past. Because of an inflation in personal feats, they tend to go unnoticed. Ironically, Martin's own life as a polymath ended prematurely and thus his desire to become noticed for the great art he was about to make was cut short and disappeared into the mist of an anonymous past like all the other interesting things he did in his lifetime.
Because of Martin's premature death and the nature of the music I came up with much without any conscious thoughts of what I wanted to achieve, the impact no doubt diverges from Martin's initial intentions. The final product is rather uncanny and hints at the idea that we sometimes may have premonitions about our own death. The work takes on a whole new meaning as describing the transient nature of a prematurely ended life and its impact on those left behind.