Digital Necropolis

Together with Dr. Emily West, I founded the collective and platform Digital Necropolis. We investigate the digital continuation linked to a physical death: Lives that are increasingly lived online call for a new structure of dying and death. Digital and physical deaths need to be concurrent, and our physical bodies and digital lives can end discretely based on financial and existential needs. Already-existing technologies allow digital lives to grow and subsist through scheduled posting, keyword interactions and automated search engine optimisation. The physically dead can go on living: endorsing sponsored products as their bodies decay. But when a digital life that may have long existed without a physical presence comes to an end, what should memorialisation look like? Memorials for bodily death often invoke simulacra of the human form – the cold faces of death mask, post mortem photograph or gravestone photograph. Else they push the body away entirely, covering corporeal remains with inscribed monoliths of stone. Digital death calls for a form of memorialisation that reflects what is lost – algorithmic interaction, cryptocurrency, sponsored promotion, P2P contributions and cloud accounting. Still the memory of the physical lingers, entombed in digital architecture.

http://www.digitalnecropolis.net/

We also published our first book which you can purchase via the website or at several shops and institutions worldwide.

 

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Digital Death and the Post-Mortem Self

In collaboration with Emily West, PhD Medicine, we started the collective DigitalDeathDrive and organized our first symposium entitled Digital Death and the Post-Mortem Self, 3rd-5th of April, 2015.

As the structure of families and local networks changes and becomes more geographically disparate, the structure of death and mourning must necessarily shift. The Western cemetery model provided a uniform and systematic means of public memorialisation, but there has always been demand for an alternative and more personal means of remembrance for the dead. The control of post-mortem identity is becoming further dissipated through global technology, and recent shifts toward user-generated content means that the post-mortem lives of the deceased can become fractured and multiple. Increasingly, we can take control of our digital selves and digital afterlives. The number of public figures who utilise social networks as a source of revenue in return for prominently featuring sponsored products has raised questions on whether death need still signal the end of lucrative commercial relationships. Are some digital lives now too valuable to stop when hearts stop beating? Our digital selves have the potential to die discrete deaths, long before or after our bodies cease to be. Increasingly, this calls for designers and architects (both digital and physical) to explore the notion of the continuing self when considering environments for death and memorialisation – to link the physical end of life with a digital continuation.

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True Horror of Selfies Photo Booth

Interactive installation

Materials: three mirrors, one spy mirror, surveillance camera incl. software, computer

Dimensions: 90 x90 x 200 cm

Exhibited at Mediamatic Amsterdam in July 2014.

Selfie Horror Booth is a mirror cabinet that creates a mise en abyme with oneself taking selfies. The person inside the booth gets multiplied. The booth’s small dimension make people feel comfortable to take selfies. On top a surveillance camera is installed that anyone else can control from a distance on an external computer. After leaving the booth the person will see her/his performance on the external computer and makes then afterwards feel uncomfortable being monitored. It is an allegory to the digitally multiplied self and the loss control online.

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Selfie Horrors—Lecture Snippets

Lecture performance

True Selfie Horrors is a lecture about one part of my research on selfies; focusing on hidden layers that might have negative impact on one’s virtual and physical life, including accessibility for everybody to change context and identity, a selfies living their own lives online and the potentially chance of one’s selfie becoming an avatar for a bot.

Performed at Mediamatic Amsterdam, OTIS college for Art and Design, World Design Capital 2014 Cape Town.

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Facetival of Madness

Sellotape Selfies/ Sellofies and extreme metal aesthetics in times of face recognition and narcissism. Sellotape selfies were initiated by Lizzy Durley as a new meme on facebook. On-going. Description following.

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Survival Of The Unfittest

Selection from „Survival of the Unfittest“, i.c.w. Noor van Eekelen

In a time when technology is having more and more of a commanding influence on our values, we launch the platform Community of the Unfittest. It consists of a growing collection of instructions on how to critically engage with existing recording and observation networks. This project was developed during the Sandberg@Mediafonds 2011 master class WirelessStories: New Media in Public Space.

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