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jae rhim lee bannerThe Infinity Burial Project
October 11, 2011 – January 22, 2012
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With her mushroom death suit and infinity mushroom, Jae Rhim Lee asks us to think about alternative burial practices and engage with the process of decomposition on a personal level. The Infinity Burial Project blurs the lines between contemporary art and science in its consideration of practical and psychological issues of death. At the BCA Lee will develop the Decompiculture Society, a membership society to promote death acceptance and the practice of decompiculture (the cultivation of decomposing organisms). Decompinauts will have the opportunity to learn about mushroom cultivation and attend field trips to funeral-related places of interest.

What happens to my body after I die? Join us for a workshop that examines the many personal and cultural choices we make about death and decomposition, and explores the environmental impact of many customs we take for granted.

The afternoon will include an overview of mainstream and alternative postmortem options, a series of guest speakers with a question and answer session and a group discussion. Questions that will be examined include:

What are some guidelines to help me decide what I want to do with my body after I die?
How do I talk to my family about what I want?
What are the legal considerations of choosing how to dispose of my body?
What kind of language and/or legal tools do I need to declare my wishes?