The Future of the Past
Future Dead: Designing Disposal for Both Dead Bodies and Digital Data.
The Future Cemetery provides the space for high quality research, innovation and creative exploration into the social, cultural and technological aspects of end of life, death and remembrance. The Future Cemetery Design Competition is a call for responses to design challenges surrounding death, dying and disposal. It is the first competition sponsored by The Future Cemetery research centre; a partnership between Calling The Shots, The Pervasive Media Studio, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. The first Future Cemetery Design Competition is using Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, England as inspiration for the competition because of AVC's position as an exemplar of innovative and creative Historic Working Cemeteries that focuses on long-term, sustainable development.
The disposal of human remains extends beyond the purely corporeal to increasingly digital and virtual remnants of a human life. This has startling implications both for us as individuals and families and, increasingly, for the business of dying. The Future Cemetery 2016 Design Competition asks people to imagine a world where both human remains and a person's digital footprint must be considered at the end of life.
The Future Cemetery Design Award, Two months residency at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, The option of hot desking at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, Mentoring, 5000 GBP for further project development.
Registration is now open, please fill in the form at this website (link found it top bar). Teams should register with one name only - when submitting works you should add all team members names. After registering, you will receive an application pack containing a submission form. Application registration will be accepted until 23:59 (GTM), December 31st, 2015. The deadline for receipt of designs is Friday January 8th, 2016.