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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Sayoko Yoshida, United States

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Proposal Title: Requiem, 03/19/2009, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: Requiem is an installation art piece for commemorating the souls of the war-departed. The project serves as a bridge of awareness that connects public consciousness to the ongoing conflict in Iraq. The title is chosen based on one of the definitions of the word requiem; remembrance. The goal of Requiem is to encourage reflection and respect for life. The perception that a single death, followed or in conjunction with many deaths by the same cause, begins to diminish the singularity of tragedy is in itself a tragedy. Increasing fatalities, the length of the conflict, and the conditioning of war diminish the importance of each sacrifice. The greater truth is hidden in statistics. My intention is to re-transform the abstract data back to the tangible — and thereby reemphasize the impact of each fatality. This project will proceed with a visual and structural form that awakens amongst the participants a dynamic concreteness respecting individual deaths. Viewers can than understand the scope of human loss. Finally, it is my intention that the experience should be meditative and reflective, and contemplating. Requiem is designed to elevate above discord and to elicit empathy in the shared loss of our fellow human beings.

Artist's Biography: Sayoko Yoshida is a candidate for the MFA in from Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design, New York. Her areas of interest include information design, installation art, interactive design, as well as physical computing. She has been working as an Information Designer at Parsons Institute for Information Mapping (PIIM) since 2004, after she earned her BFA at Parsons.

Artist's Website: http://parsons.edu/~yoshidas/thesis

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