Elisabeth Smolarz – S.T.T.L (USA, 2011, 4:20 mins.)

S.T.T.L (Sit tibi terra levis, or “May the earth rest lightly on you”) is a short video about the way we die. Since human death is typically hidden from everyday life we often imagine it occurring as an abrupt event. I asked a hospice volunteer to describe to me the most likely scenario of my life’s end.

BIO: Immigrating from Poland to Germany, Elisabeth Smolarz grew up on the cusps of two different cultures affected by a communist and democratic system. Consequently, she became involved in the idea of how consciousness and perception is formed by one’s surroundings.

Since then her work has been shown nationally and internationally – in venues such as The Bronx Museum, New York, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York, Galeria Aleksander Bruno, Warsaw, Oberwelt e.V, Stuttgart, Kunsthalle Galapagos New York,  Baden Württembergischer Kunstverein, Photography Triennial Esslingen, Carnegie Mellon, Independent Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCA) Cyprus, Brooklyn Arts Council, Reykjavik Photography Museum, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, the Sculpture Center and the 3rd Moscow Biennale among others.