THE WEDDING PROJECT

(The wedding of Ben + Carolyn)

A Wedding-as-Art Project

When my significant other and I decided to marry, as his wedding present to me, he let me turn our wedding into art. 

I'm interested in, among other things, the blending of the real and the artificial.  In this project, a real marriage between two individuals serves as a metaphor to explore larger historical, sociological, psychological, epistemological, and metaphysical contexts – including the bond that, for better or worse, has in some sense always existed among all of humanity but that now, by virtue of the internet, is becoming much more intense, or at least more quickly and thickly interconnected. 

The project has involved more than 80 participant-volunteers plus the participant-guests, and three layers of video.  One video was screened for guests at the event, while a second was projected onto their backs – guests had been requested to wear white and invited to wear bridal gowns, and they were offered white veils to wear during the event, so that they could participate both as part of a human screen and as additional "brides."  A third video is being edited from footage shot during the event. Volunteer-participants assembled the set, projected video and sound, shot video and photos, and made and installed or distributed 200 veils, 650 2-D paper flowers, and more (see the Programme for credits).

Contents of this Site

  Selected photos, mostly of the event.

"Stacked stills" – composite images showing simultaneous stills from the video projected for participant-guests and the video projected onto their backs (the two videos were designed to work together).

More info about the project including logistics and aesthetic intent.

Programme for the event (including credits to those who helped with various aspects).

Info about the 2-D flowers created for the project.

Text of the Wedding Ceremony video/ceremony.

Online version of the invitation.

Photos of the Mayflowers exhibition at Homeland Security, Dallas, a group show exhibiting some of the flowers that survived the original event (more info about the exhibition here).

Contribute your photos or video of or relating to the wedding/performance/screenings: see instructions on this page below.

On-the-ground photos of the event location here.

An aerial view of the location here.

For press info, please e-mail carolyn (a) c-cyte dot com.

How to participate in or support this project here (the first phase of the project is over; but you can still help with Phase II.)

Scary legalese here.

Actual View of Event

(Photo above by Rich Tate for Alford Media.)

Where and When

The wedding / participatory performance / screenings took place on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 337 Singleton Blvd., Dallas, Texas.

The online version of the paper invitation can be found here.

Upload Your Photos or Video of the Event

(Photo by Tammy McNary of poles with videotape per set design by Celia Eberle).

Since Ben + Carolyn were in the wedding/performance, they didn't get to see how it looked from your point of view; so they'd be very excited to see anything you might have captured. They'd also love to share at least some of it with others.  In addition, Carolyn might want to incorporate your material as part of the project.

Here's how to upload what you captured to Carolyn's FTP:

    Go to: http://www.c-cyte.com/ftp
User: c-cytedropbox
Password: theweddingproject
Click on the folder called "The_Wedding_Project"
Click on the folder called "Participant-Guest Vizis"
In the upper left, click on "Upload File(s)"
This will give you a "browse" box through which you can locate on your own computer the visuals to be uploaded.

Please e-mail carolyn(a) c-cyte dot com, so you can be credited.

(By uploading your files, you will be giving Carolyn permission to publish them and use them in this project, all as more particularly provided here).

Participation / Help / Support

Presents are discouraged, but we'd love to have your participation / help / support.

All helpers or supporters will enjoy art glory, be gratefully acknowledged, and possibly receive other benefits.

More info about how to participate in or support this project here.

QR Code

To return to this site easily on your cell or other hand-held device, take a photo of this QR Code using your device (and you'll need a QR code reader app; you can download one here or here):

QR Code

(Too many more preliminary veiling photos here.)

The Wedding Project website was created by me, Carolyn Sortor, and is part of the C-Cyte website. Once you have reached this page, by clicking anywhere on this website other than to view the Terms of Use, you agree to such terms, except as modified by this paragraph. The Wedding Project website includes many works by artists other than me, and I've tried to note who made such works; but to be sure who made any particular work, please contact me at carolyn at c-cyte dot com, and I'll gladly refer you to the appropriate artist if it wasn't me. All artistic, literary, and other works constituting or contained or depicted within this website and not made by others were made by me, © 2011-12.

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