Hope Tucker reframes the passing of sites, people, communities, freedoms, cultural markers, rituals, and ways of being. Since 2000, as director of The Obituary Project, a compendium of time and lens-based works that transform a daily narrative form and the antiquated documentary practice of salvage ethnography, she has documented shuttered bread factories, contested monuments, and fallen witness trees; animated cyanotypes of downwinders and old instructions for making fishing nets by hand; written the entire text of a video out of paper clips, a Norwegian symbol of nonviolent resistance; retraced the path of protest that closed the only nuclear power plant in Austria; recorded mobile phone footage of the last public phone booths in Finland; and preserved reckonings made by travelers to the site of the first detonation of an atomic bomb.  

Her works have screened in cultural spaces including Ambulante, Mexico City; Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna; Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires; Cairo Video Festival; European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück; Flaherty NYC at Anthology Film Archives; International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Musee de l’Homme, Paris; Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino; New York Film Festival; PBS affiliates in Chicago, Guam, and Tennessee; Punto de Vista Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Navarra, Pamplona; Sundance Film Festival; Whitechapel Gallery, London.


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Puhelinkoppi (1882 - 2007)

7.5 minutes
mobile video

You'll need a phone of your own to make a phone call in Finland. A Nokia camera phone writes the obituary for the nation's last public phone booths.

Screenings include l'Alternativa, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona, Spain (2011); Ann Arbor Film Festival, US (2014); Antimatter, Victoria, BC, Canada (2011); Athens International, Ohio, US (2012); Blickle Kino, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria (2013); Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany (2011); Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM, US (2011); Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux, Paris, France (2011); Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK (2012); Hot Springs Documentary Festival, US (2011); Images Festival, Toronto, Canada (2012); KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest (2014); Seattle Design Festival, US (2014); ZagrebDox, Croatia (2013).