'An Occupation of Loss' is a Study in Mourning

By: Joey Haar - Sep 14, 2016
References: armoryonpark.org & dezeen
'An Occupation of Loss' is a sonic and visual performance art installation by Taryn Simon, a conceptual artist who focuses on the power and structure of secrecy. Her new exhibit, on display at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, is a series of 11 cement cylindrical columns with hollows in the middle that leave space for people to enter. Due to the columns' acoustic qualities, they act as echo chambers that amplify the noise within.

Over the course of two weeks, Simon's Occupation of Grief will bring 30 professional mourners to the columns and, each day at sunset, the mourners will express professional grief from within the stacks. The objective of the exhibit is to help observers consider the "the intricate systems that we devise to contend with the irrationality of the universe."