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International Virtual Altar Project

Year: 2020, 28 mins
Code: CK-Inter

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The Virtual Altar project is designed to help us build bridges between the individual and the community, life and death, sorrow and celebration. This participatory draws on the thoughtful process of creating a public altar of remembrance of people who have passed. The project is inspired by the altar making traditions in Mexico for Day of the Dead but community and personal altars of remembrance are in many traditions, all over the world.
Fifty-three individuals, from four countries sent in virtual altars to celebrate and honor of those who have passed. The altares were edited together and set to music. The video was presented as a socially distant event through outdoor projections and here in the video.
Produced with the support of the Wisconsin Alumni Foundation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carolyn Kallenborn works with fabric and metal to create flowing garments and sculptural pieces. She shows her award-winning, hand painted garments and sculptures in galleries and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in Beijing, China; Cheong-ju, Korea; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona; Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana; and other shows and galleries in St. Louis, Chicago , Atlanta and Cambridge, Mass. In addition, her work has been featured in such magazines as Fiberarts, Surface Design Journal and Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot. She received her BA and MFA in Textile Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kallenborn taught textiles and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before jointing the faculty at Kansas City Art Institute.

Carolyn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Design Studies Department. She was an assistant professor in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute from 2001 - 2007. Carolyn currently serves as the Coordinator for “Off The Grid” the 2009 Surface Design Association international textile conference. She was Conference Coordinator for “Uncovering the Surface” , SDA’s 2005 conference and was coordinator and juror for two major exhibitions for the SDA’s 2003 conference.

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