Chris Milk

The Johnny Cash Project

THE JOHNNY CASH PROJECT IS A UNIQUE COMMUNAL WORK, A LIVING PORTRAIT OF THE MAN IN BLACK

Working with a single image as a template, and using an embedded custom drawing tool, participants can create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny Cash. Their work is then combined with art from around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a crowdsourced music video for “Ain’t No Grave”, rising from a sea of one-of-a-kind portraits.

Strung together and played in sequence over the song, the individual hand made portraits create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon. What’s more, as new people discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait continues to transform and grow, so it’s virtually never the same video twice.

LAUNCH PROJECT

AWARDS:
Cannes Silver Lion
Grammy Award Nominee
UK Music Video Awards Innovation Award
SXSW Art Category
ANDY Awards Gold
Webby Music
Webby Best Use of Online Media

EXHIBITS:
“Flux” Hammer Museum Los Angeles 2011
“New Frontiers” Installations Sundance Film Festival UT 2011
“New Frontiers” Salt Lake Art Center UT 2011
“Graphic Design: Now in Production” Walker Art Center Minneapolis 2011
“Graphic Design: Now in Production” Cooper-Hewitt Museum of the Smithsonian New York 2012
“Graphic Design: Now in Production” Hammer Museum Los Angeles 2012
“The Big Picture” Ars Electronica Austria 2012
“Créations Multimédia” Musée D’art Contemporain Montréal 2012
“Spectacle” Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati 2012
“Spectacle” The Museum of Image and Sound Sao Paulo 2013
“Spectacle” Australian Centre for the Moving Image 2013
“Spectacle” Museum of the Moving Image New York 2013