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  • Jae Rhim Lee 3:14 am on March 20, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Decompiculture Society, Dodge Chemical Co., , Formaldehyde   

    FIELD TRIP TO DODGE CHEMICAL CO. 

    UPCOMING DECOMPICULTURE SOCIETY TOUR OF THE DODGE CHEMICAL CO.

    Dodge Chemical Co. is the foremost manufacturer of embalming fluid, including formaldehyde-based fluid as well as formaldehyde-free options. Decompinauts will go on a guided tour and hear a presentation by licensed funeral director, embalmer, and 26-year Dodge veteran Dennis Daulton.

    Date/Time: Mon, 3/28/11, 3pm-5:30pm

    http://www.dodgeco.com/

    We may have some spaces available for the tour–please contact Jae Rhim Lee at jrlee at mit dot edu if you’d like to join.

     
  • Jae Rhim Lee 2:14 pm on March 10, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Decompiculture Society, , Funeral Consumers Alliance   

    2011 FCAEM Annual Gathering 

    Saturday, March 19, 1-3pm
    Forsythe Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston

    YOUR FINAL RIGHTS: DON’T BE CAUGHT DEAD WITHOUT THEM!
    a talk by JOSH SLOCUM, Executive Director of the FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE
    All are welcome to this public event featuring one of the nation’s foremost experts on the funeral industry, leading advocate for the rights of funeral consumers, and co-author of the forthcoming book, Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death.

    Our speaker this year is leading author and advocate Josh Slocum, Executive Director of the national FCA. Slocum’s new book, co-written with Lisa Carlson, is Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. It provides a comprehensive state-by-state guide to consumer laws and trends affecting consumers of after-death care. For more about Slocum and the Annual Gathering, see our 2011 FCAEM newsletter. We look forward to a lively and important gathering. Members and non-members welcome.
    Date: Saturday, March 19
    Time: 1-3pm
    Location: Forest Hills Cemetery, Forsythe Chapel, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA
    Directions: http://www.foresthillscemetery.com/directions.html
    This event is part of FCAEM’s Annual Gathering speaker series. All are welcome. Refreshments too!

    http://fcaemass.org/events.shtml

    FCAEM Annual Meeting Flyer

     
  • Jae Rhim Lee 5:36 pm on January 22, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Decompiculture, Decompiculture Society,   

    DECOMPICULTURE + DECOMPINAUTS 

    What is Decompiculture? Who is a Decompinaut?

    Decompiculture is the cultivation of decomposing organisms. The term decompiculture was coined by Timothy Myles of the Urban Entomology Program at the University of Toronto.

    “Decompiculture is the growing or culturing of decomposer organisms by humans. The term is intended to establish a contrast with the term agriculture. Agriculture encompasses the production systems based on the culture of herbaceous plants and herbivore animals. In effect, agriculture is human symbiosis with select organisms of the herb-herbivore-carnivore food chains comprising the live plant food web. Decompiculture, in contrast, human symbiosis with organisms of the decomposer food chains comprising the dead plant-based, or plant cell wall-based detrital food web. I believe that decompiculture is equivalent in importance to agriculture and perhaps more important in terms of integrating human activities in a sustainable way with the biosphere. I also believe that just as the origin of agriculture initiated the dawn of civilization, decompiculture may now initiate the dawn of a new leap forward in human evolution.”–Timothy Myles
    (Source: http://www.urbantilth.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/decompiculture.pdf)

    Decompiculture as used in the Infinity Burial Project is both instrumental and conceptual. The term reflects the actual activity proposed as one element of the Decompiculture Society–cultivating fungi for the purpose of facilitating corpse decompisition. However, the IBP proposes that decompiculture is also a means of humans attaining death acceptance through the active cultivation of organisms which will eventually facilitate its decay. Decompiculture as a vehicle to death acceptance, in short.

    Space travelers are called astronauts, Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman calls those exploring states of consciousness psychonauts, those who seek death acceptance via decompiculture may be called decompinauts.

     
  • Caitlin Berrigan 7:32 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Decompiculture Society, Event,   

    POSTMORTEM OPTIONS WORKSHOP 

    Postmortem Options: A Workshop on the Dead Body
    hosted by the Decompiculture Society

    Tuesday Jan 25, 20116-8:30pm

    MIT, Wiesner Building, Room E15-207
    20 Ames Street, Cambridge

    Jae Rhim Lee, Mushroom Burial Site (Bridgeville, CA), Infinity Burial Project

    Join the Decompiculture Society for a free workshop exploring new and traditional technologies in the funeral industry. Presentations on options of burial, cremation and alternatives will be given by a diverse group of representatives, including:

    • Joe Sehee, Green Burial Council
    • Emma Crossen and Nancy Accola, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts
    • Captain Brad White, New England Burials at Sea, LLC
    • Ruth Faas, Mourning Dove Studio
    • Paul Harrington, Licensed Funeral Director and Former Manager, Forest Hills Crematory
    • Jae Rhim Lee, Infinity Burial Project

    This workshop is sponsored by the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology and the Decompiculture Society, a newly formed group that promotes death awareness and acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms.  The Decompiculture Society is a component of the Infinity Burial Project, an art/design project by Jae Rhim Lee, with funding from the Creative Capital Foundation.

    Contact: Jae Rhim Lee, jrlee (at) mit (dot) edu, 617-710-4188

     
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