In early November people in many parts of the world celebrate the Day of the Dead, remembering those who passed away and often visiting their graves; one way or another we all try to establish contact with our loved ones, and sometimes we consider our own common and mortal destiny, therefore reflecting on death in general.
We would like to evoke, create and share an imaginary space where individual thoughts, analogies or coincidences may emerge; where images and voices seen or heard during our contact with the dead ones can find an echo in the experience of others.
On occasion of the 3rd edition of “The Celebration of the Living (who reflect upon death)”, we proposed a collective action, open to everyone, which was held in different places at the same time.
Each participant met his/her loved ones, friends and relatives who passed away. Everyone tried to imagine and configure the right way to get in touch with the dead either through ritual, gesture, or thought.
10am New York; 11am Buenos Aires; 12pm São Paulo; 3pm London; 4pm Cairo/Rome; 5pm Addis Ababa; 9pm Phnom Penh; 10pm Beijing/Shanghai.
The fact that a plurality of people is in contact, at exactly the same moment, with other people who are not with us anymore, creates a shared space of life and death, between the dead ones and us, the living who share a destiny of finitude.
The experience of such a common space and destiny is a way to create an intensity which will bring together the participants.
To start creating a sense of community, the participants’ names are made public (unless anonimity is requested) on this video.
The shared experience of November 2, 2012, was celebrated in a physical encounter that took place in San Cesario di Lecce one month later. The words and sentences have been transferred, using the old “fresco” technique, on the walls of “Lu Cafausu”.
Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce