Dead Comedians 

I decided to reconnect with six dead comedians, Phil Hartman, Gilda Radner, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, and Andy Kaufman, through the places they performed, lived, and died. I found myself harnessing their absence with sounds created both from the objects at those locations, as well as from the locations themselves. This amounted to an abstract mapping project that highlights the value that we often ascribed to artifacts that serve as our links to famous dead people. However, by using these artifacts to generate sounds—effectively transforming their physicality into something less tangible—I attempted to add to their allure, while at the same time create a non-corporeal reflection of my experiences in gathering the artifacts from their “hollowed” resting places. The visuals added to the piece echo this notion.