Predicted Date of Death 

Predicted Date of Death is an updated video version of a project begun in 1975. The original piece, Estimated Date of Death, was a text- and paper-based project; this version (in progress) consists of video interviews with different individuals. Each person is recorded on videotape stating their name, date and place of birth, and their predicted date of death. Each participant is given a wallet-size, laminated identification card that instructs their survivors to contact the project in the event of the participant’s death. Upon the report of a participant’s death, the video record is updated to reflect the actual date of death. The piece intends to cause participants and viewers to confront their mortality as a real event with an actual date, not as a vague, abstract concept.

Predicted Date of Death Video