Death has held cultural, philosophical and spatial significance for as long as humans have inhabited the earth, yet it’s contemporary rituals and their socio-cultural or environmental implications are rarely openly discussed or debated. Accepting the profound inevitability of death and the potent alchemy of memory, we explore new possibilities for rituals of remembrance and corporeal metamorphosis.
WPA 2.0 RE-CONCEIVING DEATH
Contrary to the common understanding of Death as the cessation of all biological activity, here Death is understood as a vital part of municipal and social infrastructure. Temporal memorial chambers process organic remains to catalyze the revitalization of contaminated water and soil -- restoring health and amplifying access to urban open space. A resilient infrastructure of short-term shrines dedicated to the production of energy, remembrance and remediation rise above the City offering loved ones a contemplative stroll, while the Deceased are transformed into the vibrant energy that they literally embody.
Design: Latent Productions
Team: Karla Rothstein, Salvatore Perry, Sean Dawson, Jennifer Preston, Muchan Park, Kooho Jung