The Presence of Absence
Interactive community memorial website, with residents of the Jane/Finch neighbourhood and participants in Bereaved Families of Ontario bereavement groups
Seven video billboards throughout Toronto
Video projection in the window at Bereaved Families of Ontario building, Toronto
The Presence of Absence was an on line interactive community memorial. Robin Pacific conducted workshops with over a hundred people, members of Bereaved Families of Ontario and the Jane/Finch neighbourhood. They were asked to make works using the words "Love", "Remember" and "RIP", words which members of a Jane/Finch group had chosen.
The resulting artworks were put on a website where anyone could choose one and memorialize someone they knew who had died. Over 700 people participated.
The website was promoted on 7 video billboards throughout Toronto, and the entire project was back projected onto the window of the Bereaved Families of Ontario building on Madison Avenue in Toronto.
Article in the Torontoist: Mourning and Loss in the Land of Consumption By Amanda Happé