Co-curated by UCSC arts faculty members E.G. Crichton and Margaret Morse, Mortal Coil: Mourning Becomes Electronic  is an exhibition that explores uncertain thresholds between life and death through various forms of electronic and computer media. It is on view both in the UCSC Sesnon and Faculty Galleries and on the internet. The exhibition integrates four very distinct components: on view in both galleries are kinetic wall and sound sculptures, digitally produced images, interactive installations, and post-mortem daguerrotypes. A Video Gallery, curated by Margaret Morse, is also located in the Sesnon Gallery. A Virtual Gallery featuring art and writings on the subject of death is accessible on-line and can also be viewed on the Sesnon computer. Finally, pioneer performance artist Linda Montano will lecture, perform and conduct workshops related to the exhibition theme.

Curatorial Statement

Participating Artists:

Jim Campbell

Carol Flax

Marjorie Franklin

May Mantell

Linda Montano

Carolyn P. Speranza

Christine Tamblyn

Mary Tsiongas

Woody Vasulka

Gail Wight

Post-Mortem Daguerrotypes


Exhibition Dates: May 7 - June 15, 1996
Sesnon Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk on the theme of ecstasy and death by
Christine Tamblyn: 5 - 6 p.m.
Video Exhibition: on view in Sesnon Gallery, May 7 - June 15
Virtual Gallery: on-line indefinitely
Linda Montano:
Lecture-performance Death in the Art and Life of Linda Montano
Wednesday, May 15, 8:00 p.m. at the Porter Dining
Art/Life Counseling by individual appointment: Monday,
May 13 from 2 - 5 p.m.under the trees south of the Porter
Dining Hall.
Workshop: Tuesday, May 14th, 4-5:30 p.m. at the performing
arts dance studio.

Online Gallery:

The Mortal Coil Virtual Gallery  is a collection of web pages by artists and writers on the subject of death. People are invited to submit selections to the web site throughout the show. Contact   or

University Wide exhibition:

The Mortal Coil: Mourning Becomes Electronic exhibition was conceived as part of the university-wide exhibition Terminals: Considering the End. It will complement Terminals: The Cultural Production of Death, a conference taking place at UC Santa Barbara in Spring '96. Terminals at UCSB

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