Spoken/Unspoken was a sound installation & collaboration with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History that featured intimate stories from our patients. We met with people nearing the end of their lives and listened to their stories. We learned what matters most to them.
These patients reflected on their lives and what they wished they could have said to friends and loved ones. Then, composer and sound artist Lanier Sammons wove their words into a symphony of stories.
Sometimes in the realm of speaking the unspoken, the wisdom of life emerges. In this way, dying is part of the journey we call life.
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) started as a merger between two organizations–the Santa Cruz Historical Society (founded in 1954) and the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County (founded in 1981). Today, the MAH contains over 8,000 square feet of exhibition/gallery space and 2,750 square feet for collections/archives. The museum also maintains a research library, archive, and a curatorial collection. The art collection (300 objects) mainly contains contemporary sculpture, paintings and prints of California/greater Monterey Bay area artists. The history collection has over 7,000 items. Most are from the early 1900’s with significance to the history of Santa Cruz County.