Decomp Me: A Decompiculture Model for the Postmortem Body / Jae Rhim Lee
This event is a part of the Higgins School of Humanities' Difficult Dialogue Symposia The End of Things / death, extinction, renewal.
Jae Rhim Lee will discuss her latest work, the Infinity Burial Project. It is a proposal for an alternative postmortem option that features the training of existing edible mushrooms to decompose and remediate toxins in human tissue, the development of a decomposition ‘kit’, burial suits, and a membership society. The project aims to develop an alternative to existing funeral practices, counter western cultural death denial and culture of preservation, and explore the relationship between death denial and environmental degradation. The Infinity Burial Project has been presented internationally and has been featured on CNN, Forbes.com, Wired.co.uk, NewScientist.com, Utne.com, and Boing Boing. The project is funded by the Creative Capital Foundation, the Institüt für Raumexperimente/Universität der Künste Berlin, and the MAK Center for Art + Architecture.
Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist and designer whose living units, furniture, wearables, and recycling systems propose unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. She has been a consultant for the City of New Orleans’ disaster recovery office, a lecturer in visual art at MIT, and has studied art, permaculture, psychology, and the natural sciences. She has exhibited internationally and has given numerous lectures, talks, and workshops at MIT, the TEDGlobal Conference, Harvard Medical School, and Kampnagel Hamburg, among others. Lee is a recipient of a 2009 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a 2010 Grant from the Institut fur Raumexperimente/Universitaet der Kunste Berlin, and a 2011 MAK-Schindler Scholarship. Lee is currently a 2011 TED Global Fellow, a Research Affiliate in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, and a Visiting Scholar in the UC Berkeley Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).