What song do you want played at your funeral? Daniel Mudie Cunningham has been asking that question of artists and artworkers throughout 2007. Over 150 people answered it in all manner of ways that ranged from the profound to the playful. Some of the songs selected deliberately tug at the heartstrings, while others make you want to drop everything and dance. The idea for Funeral Songs is based in personal experience. Weeks before the artist’s brother unexpectedly died in 2000, he’d mentioned what song should be played at his funeral. Amid the grief, the song choice was forgotten. Now recalled several years on, the song features in Cunningham’s curated readymade archive of music you can live or die to.
The Project was assisted by a grant from the
New South Wales Government - Ministry for the Arts,
through a program administered by the National
Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Image: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Porcelain, 1985 / 2007