Conversations about
Death ,Mortality & Data
“With out death the world would be a terrible place.
Imagine a world where Hit...
Difficult words to pronounce:
Embalming
Choreographer
Burial

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Possible Domains
1. Conception of Mortality
2. Traces of life - Digital legacy
3. Regulation around death (laws,
governmen...
Conversations
1. Melanie
2. Matt
3. Patricio
4. Sable
5. K.J
6. Eldad
7. Gili
8. Dad

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SocialEmbalmers
Embalming / Restorative Art:
The art and science of temporarily preserving human remains to
make them suit...
Lenin’s corpse Takes a Bath

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SocialMorticians
Funeral Directors:
A professional involved in the business of funeral rites.
These tasks often entail the...
SocialExecutioners
Execution Vans:
A converted 24-seat bus, the execution van keeps
the appearance of a normal police van ...
SocialSuiciders
Suicide Bridge /Bridge jumpers:
Thea bridge used frequently to die by suicide.
Since the Golden Gate Bridg...
SocialQuija
Talking Board:
A flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet,
the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no",
"...
SocialCoroner
A Government Official who:
■ Investigates human deaths
■ Determines cause of death
■ Issues death certificat...
Jeremi Rimel
Autopsy Babies
“A series of one of a kind, handpainted custom horror dolls. Each
Autopsy Baby is made from a
...
Merce
Cunningham
1919 – 2009
Modern dancer
and choreographer.
Choreographed one solo, “Loops,”
that HE never taught to ano...
Jae Rhim Lee
Infinity Burial Project
The first prototype of the Infinity Burial
Suit is a body suit decorated with
thread ...
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Grave Stones QR codes
Preserve memory with technology:
Allow people to connect with the dead. The Quick
Response codes can...
Have you made
arrangements
for your death
lately?
1. Engage with Grace
To make sure that all of us can end
our lives in th...
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The one thing we all have in common:

DEATH

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The first module out of four. Part of a research study for my thesis work called A Good Death. The work was is an ongoing project that begun as part of my MFA studies at Parsons the New School for Design.

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  1. 1. Conversations about Death ,Mortality & Data “With out death the world would be a terrible place. Imagine a world where Hitler is still alive....” Family Guy Friday, September 21, 12
  2. 2. Difficult words to pronounce: Embalming Choreographer Burial Friday, September 21, 12
  3. 3. Possible Domains 1. Conception of Mortality 2. Traces of life - Digital legacy 3. Regulation around death (laws, government and religion, arrangements) 4. A vacation to death / death simulation when joining the army 5. Shape of time & meaning of life, (one year to live vs 30 years). Friday, September 21, 12
  4. 4. Conversations 1. Melanie 2. Matt 3. Patricio 4. Sable 5. K.J 6. Eldad 7. Gili 8. Dad Friday, September 21, 12
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  7. 7. SocialEmbalmers Embalming / Restorative Art: The art and science of temporarily preserving human remains to make them suitable for public display at a funeral. Embalming has a very long and cross-cultural history, with many cultures giving the embalming processes a greater religious meaning. Friday, September 21, 12
  8. 8. Lenin’s corpse Takes a Bath Friday, September 21, 12
  9. 9. SocialMorticians Funeral Directors: A professional involved in the business of funeral rites. These tasks often entail the embalming and burial or cremation of the dead, as well as the planning and arrangement of the actual funeral ceremony. Friday, September 21, 12
  10. 10. SocialExecutioners Execution Vans: A converted 24-seat bus, the execution van keeps the appearance of a normal police van on the outside with no markings indicating its purpose. Prisoners are strapped to a stretcher and executed via lethal injection inside the van. The vans allow for death sentences to be carried out without having to move the prisoner to an execution ground. Friday, September 21, 12
  11. 11. SocialSuiciders Suicide Bridge /Bridge jumpers: Thea bridge used frequently to die by suicide. Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937 there have been at least 1,400 suicides — many cases are not included in the official count because bodies were not found, even when a suicide was witnessed. Suicide Notes “I’m just too lazy to navigate further,” “‘The future is just old age and illness and pain… I must have peace and this is the only way.” “To my friends: My work is done. Why wait? Friday, September 21, 12
  12. 12. SocialQuija Talking Board: A flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics which markets and distributes the Ouija Board as part of its line of board games. It uses a small heart-shaped piece of wood or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. Friday, September 21, 12
  13. 13. SocialCoroner A Government Official who: ■ Investigates human deaths ■ Determines cause of death ■ Issues death certificates ■ Maintains death records ■ Responds to deaths in mass disasters ■ Identifies unknown dead ■ Other functions depending on local laws ■ Determines manner of death Friday, September 21, 12
  14. 14. Jeremi Rimel Autopsy Babies “A series of one of a kind, handpainted custom horror dolls. Each Autopsy Baby is made from a recycled vinyl baby doll body as a platform, often second hand. Dissected and mis-created, the dolls are made in a high quality fashion with durable parts and superb textures and details.” from his website Friday, September 21, 12
  15. 15. Merce Cunningham 1919 – 2009 Modern dancer and choreographer. Choreographed one solo, “Loops,” that HE never taught to another dancer. This piece lives on through a different medium: digital motion capture. “Loops” explores rotations of all kinds. Friday, September 21, 12
  16. 16. Jae Rhim Lee Infinity Burial Project The first prototype of the Infinity Burial Suit is a body suit decorated with thread infused with mushroom spores. An alternative burial system that uses mushrooms to decompose and clean toxic fluid bodies. “I imagine the Infinity Mushroom as a symbol of a new way of thinking about death and the relationship between my body and the environment.” Friday, September 21, 12
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  18. 18. Grave Stones QR codes Preserve memory with technology: Allow people to connect with the dead. The Quick Response codes can be scanned by mobile phones to launch a biography of the deceased. The online page triggered by the small barcode-type squares can show a profile of the person, pictures and videos of them and tributes from family and friends. Friday, September 21, 12
  19. 19. Have you made arrangements for your death lately? 1. Engage with Grace To make sure that all of us can end our lives in the same purposeful way we lived them. 2. ifidie What happens to my FB after I am gone? I can decided now while still alive! Friday, September 21, 12
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