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29 : 04 : 2015 Death : Urban Death Project : Health Goths

Global – Even death is succumbing to disruption.

  • Concerns about ecology and ageing are changing the way we deal with death
  • Digital technology could hold the key to algorithmic resurrection
Monumental Masonry by Bompas and Parr, London Monumental Masonry by Bompas and Parr, London
Runcible by Monohm, Tokyo and California Runcible by Monohm, Tokyo and California
Runcible by Monohm, Tokyo and California Runcible by Monohm, Tokyo and California
Century Camera by Jonathon Keats, Berlin Century Camera by Jonathon Keats, Berlin

Death is changing. Both the way we see it and the way we handle it are being challenged, whether by educational enterprises, such as Norma Bowe’s Death Classes, or by environmental initiatives, such as the Urban Death Project. Even goths are back in fashion. Meanwhile, in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneurs are attempting to resurrect digital souls, or even stop death altogether.

The Big Picture: No longer the great taboo, death is inspiring a growing neo-Victorianism among meaning-hungry Millennials. To find out more about this cultural movement, read our report The New Death.

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