The Future of Death

What is the future of death ?

The W.I.R.E is a thinktank in Zurich Switzerland that explores the future. They wanted to create an experience for their exhition in a townhouse in Zurich called the Future is Ours that looks to explore scenarios on the future of life. They approached Hirsch&Mann with a simple question ‘what is the future of death in this digital world we live in’

What a question?? It engaged the whole studio into not just what death meant, but in turn what life meant. We explored different rituals of death from say Mexico’s Day of the Dead, to behaviours of different cultures to remember their loved ones, as well as more digital related concepts like digital urns or UK TV show Black Mirror’s take on what could be done with your social media data after you pass away.

The result was an installation we titled ‘three reflections’. An individual experience where the participant walks into a room to see what looks like a mirror reflecting themselves back. Very quickly to converts into a fast paced video with graphic images of different stages of life. Finally they are shown the video taken from the mirror stage at the beginning before their image freezes and becomes a negative that shows the pixels slowly disappearing.

Client
The W.I.R.E.
Date
November 2014
Location
Zurich, Switzerland


“The installation that Hirsch & Mann has put together is probably the installation in the entire exhibition that has the strongest point of view because it actually asks the user to reflect upon these questions …”

Senem Wicki, The W.I.R.E Project Manager


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