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Sunland #7 – Death + Culture

November 10, 2015 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sunland #7: Death + Culture

For Holland Project and Sundance Books’ 7th Sunland event we’ll be exploring Death + Culture, including: artists that work with themes of death; seminal scenes in cinema; themes of loss in poetry; musical genres and histories that focus on losing loved ones; personal loss as a force for expression or motivation; and more (ghosts, superstitions, working with cadavers, subcultures obsessed with death and darkness, spirituality and mythology)! Instead of a panel-driven speaking event like our previous Sunland events, Death + Culture will feature 8 short presentations on the topics listed above. Together, each presentation will give a specific glimpse into the theme (Death + Culture) and a new way to think how we process death or how it appears around us in various forms within art, music, film, literature, and spirituality.

The goal is to explore a topic that is often off limits, hard to talk about, or manipulated, but one that everyone has had experience with, and in a hundred different ways. We wanted to explore both the seen and unseen ways it permeates our lives – even when we don’t talk about it or acknowledge it – and delve into how it plays into visual art, music, and pop culture as a theme, an expression, or a thread.


Brett Van Hoesen (Artists and the Visual Culture of Death)
Bob Morrison (Personal Experiences and Practices)
Lindsey Pisani (In a Relationship with Death, a Mortician’s Story)
Kaleb Temple (Death, Resurrection, and False Immortality Through Cinema)
Sophia Pierce (Murder Ballads)
Jamie Hemingway (Tears of a Clown)
Tony Tinoco (Dia de los Muertos)
Shaun Griffin (Poetry and the Draw of Death)
Colin Robertson (Momento Morri)


November 10, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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