Thanks Tris, I will post specific ways to get involved with the project on this site very soon!
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Thanks Louis for the link!
Hi Loughlin, Thanks for writing in! There’s an organization devoted to spreading the idea of families talking about postmortem plans at Thanksgiving. Makes sense as family members are gathered in one place…
The Decompiculture Society is holding a small workshop this Sunday in the Boston area if you are able to make it…
A Workshop on Making Funeral Decisions
hosted by the Decompiculture Society/Infinity Burial Project and the Boston Center for the Arts
Sunday Jan 22, 2011
Boston Center for the Arts
Arts Resource Room | Calderwood Pavilion
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
Join the Decompiculture Society for a workshop exploring the landscape of funeral decisions. Local experts and researchers will discuss how we currently make decisions as funeral consumers, provide some guidelines in making conscientious funeral decisions, and review two alternative funeral options. Presentations will be followed by a discussion period.
Ruth Faas, Co-founder, Mourning Dove Studio
Jim McQuaid, PhD Candidate, Dept of Sociology, Boston University
Peg Lorenz, Home Funeral Guide, Peaceful Passage at Home
Carol Coan, Author, Unwrapping the Anatomical Gift
This workshop is sponsored by the Boston Center for the Arts and the Decompiculture Society, a society that promotes death awareness and acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms. The Decompiculture Society is a component of the Infinity Burial Project, a project by Jae Rhim Lee, with funding from the Creative Capital Foundation.
Directions and Parking
For more information:
My TED Talk on the Infinity Burial Project is now on-line and can be viewed at:
We’ve had a number of new Decompinauts sign up for the Decompiculture Society, thanks largely in part to my talk at TEDGlobal. Thank you and welcome to the Society! Stay tuned…I will be organizing new events in Los Angeles, CA for September and in Boston, MA in the late fall. Cheers, JR
Here’s an image from the talk…those ninja pajamas are a new prototype of the burial suit.
Some recent press from my talk about the Infinity Burial Project at TEDGlobal 2011…
NEW SCIENTIST feature on Jae Rhim Lee/Infinity Burial Project
WIRED UK on Infinity Burial Project
WIRED UK on 2011 TEDGlobal Fellows
BRAINPICKINGS 2011 TEDGlobal Highlights
NEW SCIENTIST 2011 TEDGlobal wrap-up
UTNE READER on Infinity Burial Project
Jae Rhim Lee was selected as a 2011 TEDGlobal Fellow and will also speak about the Infinity Burial Project at the 2011 TEDGlobal Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 11-15, 2011. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Stuff of Life.”
As of late March 2011, up to 1000 dead bodies near the Fukushima nuclear plant could not be recovered because of the likelihood that handlers would be exposed to high levels of radiation in the bodies. The tsunami was tragic to say the least, and I intend no minimization of the human disaster, but this situation to me is also a reminder of our culpability when it comes to toxins and body burden. Human bodies are toxic because of human actions (industrial manufacturing and processing, including food and energy production). Corpses become toxic sites.
“When does a life begin? When does a life end? And who decides?”
How do we answer these questions today?
“The congress is the location of an encounter between various persons and languages which currently define what is still/already alive and what is still/already dead. The zone in-between, a unclear zone of the undead, is the subject of controversial discussion in the life sciences and is being continually extended at a furious pace. The research undertakings of biotechnology, the considerations of medical ethics, the achievements of transplantation medicine and the hesitating help of philosophy will be confronted and charged with the visual worlds of pop culture over the three days. At these interfaces the congress shall gather narratives, signs, images and ciphers for an archive of the undead.”
**I will present a workshop (on corpse decompiculture) and talk on the Infinity Burial Project at this Congress.