Doxology, 10 years later (2005, 2015-), evolving multi-channel video and sound installation

Doxology, 10 years later (+/-), is an evolving, multi-channel video project depicting each member of Day’s large family humming a hymn in essentially the same way every decade. The latest two-channel version was filmed in 2005 and 2015. Day plans to film her family humming a third time 10 years from now—and again, 20 years on, etc. This video and audio family portrait is a meditation on the ungraspable and shifting language of belief and doubt and the artist’s own ability to continue to make work. An exploration of individual and collective transformation on a number of levels—family, gallery/film, and curatorial relationships—absences will signify those no longer with us or perhaps those who refuse to or can’t participate. Technology changes and Day’s own growth as an artist will inevitably alter each successive screening/installation.

Each family member is filmed individually and left alone while humming. Each person is asked to hum the hymn as he or she would sing it. Layered together, their voices are both dissonant and harmonious. It is hard to tell when one person stops humming and another begins. A half-language emerges, somewhere between knowing and not knowing.

Featuring (in order of appearance): Rossalyn Day, Rachel Day, Mel Day, Bethany Day, Alan Day, Alasdair Day, Roderick Day (2015) Giles Day, Lynne Day, Rowena Day, Catriona Day

Doxology, 2005: 
Berkeley Art Museum, CA, curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson (MFA Graduate Exhibition)
Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, co-founded by Darlene Malkovich, organized by Michelle Townsend, (traveling 2008-12; installation at Root Division).

Doxology, 10 years later (+/-):
Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA, curated by Mayumi Hamanaka, 2015

Doxology 10 years later (+/-) from Mel Day on Vimeo.