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The Johnny Cash Project

A global collective art project.

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project. Through the website, viewers are invited to share their vision of Johnny Cash, as he lives on in their mind’s eye. Working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, viewers create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny. The work will then be combined with art from participants around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a 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 portraits will create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon.

Ain’t No Grave is Johnny’s final studio recording. The album and its title track deal heavily with themes of mortality, resurrection, and everlasting life. The Johnny Cash Project pays tribute to these themes. Through the love and contributions of the people around the world that Johnny has touched so deeply, he appears once again before us.

The Johnny Cash Project is a visual testament to how the Man in Black lives on – not just through his vast musical legacy, but in the hearts and minds of all of us around the world he has touched with his talent, his passion, and his indomitable spirit. It is this spirit that is the lifeblood of The Johnny Cash Project.

“As new people discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait will continue to transform and grow, so it’s virtually never the same video twice.”

Project details

Year of development :2010
Created by:Chris Milk
With:Aaron Koblin

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