From photos to blog posts and diary entries, technology plays a key role in curating the precious experiences and memories we collect throughout our short lives. But what happens to this data when we die? With digital technology now so embedded in our lives, how do we deal with all the material of the departed in ways that respect their legacy, but don't completely overwhelm us?
In the future, a whole range of options may exist. From personal data embedded in physical-digital memory devices, to techno-home shrines, deletion rituals and reanimation options. You may even be able to have digital memorial tattoos and implants, employ a digital auditor and pre-record holograms. You could even set up funerals for virtual friends, or use a robotic body with personal data to recreate your personality.
The pop-up will help you chart the different ways that people in the past, present, future and far future dealt/ deal with death and dying. From the Egyptians, who believed that they held the keys to immortality, to the ghosts that we all hold in our machines - divine spectres that live in that space between pixel and memory.
The exhibition will end with a private view and panel of experts that explores the social, politics and economic implications of the future of death. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-death-is-here-its-just-not-evenly-distributed-tickets-77872636151 - November 9th (4pm - 7pm)
Love After Death takes place from Monday 4th to Saturday 9th November at Newcastle City Library and is part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Sciences.