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  • Three Ordinary Funerals


    seoul SOUTH KOREA

    Common Accounts (Igor BRAGADO & Miles GERTLER)

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Igor BRAGADO & Miles GERTLER: Today we pay tribute to the 3 avatars of Shin Chaerin: sweetleaf_baby341, homebodyjiang, and puffyeye, whose crowd-sourced archives grow more complete by the minute…

    …and whose fluid remains encourage the growth of the memorial garden hosted in the Ceremonial Spaceframe above: from seed to sprout and ready to be taken home, or planted elsewhere. 3 ordinary funerals for 3 simultaneous lives. As Shin’s material body goes fluid, her virtual bodies sublimate to the cloud.

    No philias, no phobias. If we want healthier cities, we need to rethink our relationship to death. Burial and cremation, as we know them, are dead. We need new, cleaner, socially productive disposition alternatives that integrate easily in the urban and digital realms. Today’s city can no longer afford to keep the material business of death at arm’s length. New technologies present unique opportunities for the production of value—material, ceremonial, and ecological—that cannot be ignored, while the traditional means of human disposition are threatened by diminishing land availability, environmental concerns, and the prospect of your digital afterlife. After all, the heat of the crematorium can warm your house; fluid cremation allows you to fertilize a garden with your liquid remains; and the prospect of a virtual afterlife demands we confront death online. The way we want our body to be treated after death is one of the many rituals of self-design in life, like plastic surgery and body building. Death produces new bodies.

    This prototypical funeral home and disposition site argues for the presence of ceremony and death in daily urban life and in the domestic realm. This space is designed to accommodate the disposition of your substance: the tangible, virtual, and immaterial. Inhabiting an urban hanok, this project hosts an amalgam of the sites for ceremony and remains transmutation, adopting new technologies that do away with the demands on area once required by the cemetery, and opening up the channels between the virtual and the non-virtual, allowing remembrance to travel fluidly between domains. This hanok is equipped with an alkaline hydrolysis fluid cremation system and the digital file transfer capacity to consolidate your virtual afterlife into a cloud-based archive. The funerals that these technologies enable are multi-scalar, multi-sited, and activate across timeframes.

    3 avatars, 3 seconds, 3 terabytes, 3 hours, 300 liters, 3 days, 3000 guests, 3 years, infinite growth.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    EB & MG: Twice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rtV5esQT6I)
    Blackpink (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwmSjveL3Lc)
    CL (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4Zj98FeX4)

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    EB & MG: Twice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rtV5esQT6I)
    Blackpink (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwmSjveL3Lc)
    CL (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4Zj98FeX4)

    Additional Credits/Links:

    Full Credits: Igor Bragado and Miles Gertler, with Curatorial Collaboration from Jihoi Lee; Junior Architect: Nowk Choe; Performance from Dasol Han; Voice performance from Soo Yon Suh

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