Commissioned by ZERO1 and presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
The Infinity Burial Project's Decomp Me (2012) is an iPad app and an intervention (a Decompivention) that invites technocrats, Singularitans, and the general public to turn away from death denial and postmortem body preservation and to face and accept death and decomposition. Decomp Me is an interactive, digital visualization of a user's face/body decomposing and transforming into clusters of Infinity Mushrooms. The app will guide the user to take a photo of the user's face, allow the user to 'spore' the image, and display an interactive, animated video of the user's face decomposing and transforming into mushrooms.
After undergoing visualization, Decomp Me users will be invited to become a Decompinaut, a member of the Decompiculture Society, a group which promotes intimacy with and acceptance of the physical realities of decomposition as vehicles toward death acceptance. The Society seeks to advance knowledge and awareness of postmortem options through research, education, and decompiculture: the cultivation of organisms that assist in metabolic decay. Small capsules containing dilute "corpse scent" will be delivered after each visualization.
Decomp Me will be accompanied by a small installation of mushroom cultures representing Infinity Burial Project director Jae Rhim Lee's growing and training Infinity Mushrooms to eat her discarded body tissue.
Collaborators/team members: Eric Kaltman, Greg Niemeyer, Takehito Etani, Ed Allen
This project is presented as part of the exhibition
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free
Jae Rhim Lee
lives and works in Oakland, CA
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 exhibited internationally and has given numerous lectures, talks, and demonstrations, including at MIT, the TEDGlobal Conference, Harvard Medical School, and Kampnagel Hamburg. 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 and a Research Affiliate in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology.