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Before I Die…

Dates

Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Jan 27, 2019

Type

Exhibitions

Admission

Free

Location Accessible

OCAD University, Exterior

100 McCaul Street


Daily Hours

MonMonday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

TueTuesday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

WedWednesday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

ThuThursday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

FriFriday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

SatSaturday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

SunSunday

12:00 am

11:59 pm

Description

The ‘Before I Die’ project reimagines the ways the walls of our cities can help us grapple with death and meaning as a community today. Candy Chang, artist and urban planner, created the first ‘Before I Die’ wall on an abandoned house in New Orleans after the death of someone she loved. There are now over 4,000 ‘Before I Die’ walls in over 75 countries and 36 languages, and with the support of OCAD University, one of these walls is here at the DesignTO Festival. These participatory installations serve as an accessible memento mori where we can reflect upon our mortality with neighbours and passersby. Each response represents an individual’s unique desires and values, and each wall offers a snapshot of our shared anxieties and hopes, our collective joys and struggles. By creating spaces where we can share our inner lives in public, ‘Before I Die’ reimagines the ways we remember what really matters in an age of increasing distraction and flux. What do you want to do before you die? We invite you to share your responses and making your mark on the ‘Before I Die…’ wall.


Series Description

We are all going to die, so why not talk about it? ‘Dying.’ an event series, explores death through the lens of design and art, running during the DesignTO Festival.

‘Dying.’ is in fact about living, living with the human experience of dying; What aren’t we talking about? What matters at end-of-life? Bringing together perspectives from families, caregivers, clinicians, and research to spark public conversation through community creation and interactive experiences. The series invites us to think about our relationship with death and dying as an individual, a member of a family, social network and as a human being in society. Let’s get comfortable with the uncomfortable and start talking about what truly matters.

‘Dying.’ presented by Taboo Health and OCAD University’s Design Studio, is taking place at four exhibits across three locations including public talks and hands on activities in Toronto, January 18-27, 2019.

‘Dying.’ Series
– Before I Die… – click here
– Constellations: Exploring the family experience of death & dying – click here
– Death and Dying Discussions – click here
– DIYing Free – click here
– Ghost Stories – click here
– Time Moving – Exhibition – click here
– Time Moving – Workshop – click here
– Until the Last Breath – click here

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Participants

Before I Die Project (Candy Chang )