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.
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“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.