A Shrine to Victims of Gun Violence

Ritsu Katsumata & Friends

When we think of news-making stories of gun violence- Sandy Hook, Columbine, Aurora, Virginia Tech... almost all of us can recall names and faces of the shooters and their disturbed facial expressions. But we're hard pressed to recall names and faces of their victims. This audio-visual installation is a shrine designed to honor our victims, all who were loved and are missed today, because of senseless acts of violence. Projections show a webpage where I've uploaded photos of loved ones lost, and a video loop of a gun shooting directly ahead in slow motion. Sound design of names of the victims photographed intermingles with gunshots and heartbeats, creating a sad dirge. My hope is to open the conversation to solving the true problem– ending senseless violence– instead of ideological debates that resolve nothing. Musical "offerings" at the shrine will be performed. Please see "EVENTS" for more information.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 10'
  • Medium: video projections, web-based media, sound design
  • Width: 20'
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 12'