radically accepting finitude
Jae Rhim Lee’s The Infinity Burial Project, conceived of as an intersection of art, science and culture seeks to “promote and facilitate an individual engagement with the process of decomposition.”
Our Human bodies store many of the toxins we encounter, so that when we die, we are, to varying degrees, little toxic dumps. As Lee points out, most western funerary practices add toxic chemicals after death, and then put the whole mess in the ground.
Lee is developing toxin-cleaning-mushroom-based technology embedded in a burial suit to both assist in the decomposition of human bodies, and to mycormediate the toxins. The mushrooms growing from the mycelium in the suit would break down some toxins into benign substances, and accumulate others such as heavy metals, allowing for safer disposal.
The video embedded here and the discussion on her website do not explain her decision to use edible mushrooms for the project. It does seem an apt choice though, illustrating the potential for either…
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