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DIYing Free

Would you dare to face your mortality? Would you dare to lie in a coffin? A do-it-yourself cardboard coffin seeks to turn death into a sustainable enterprise through design, technology, and open source methods, while daring you to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Come on in and stay a while, for this is a unique chance for the living to get cozy with one of life’s certainties…death. #coffinselfies allowed, (dare I say encouraged).

In 2008 in the US alone, 1.8 million bodies were buried in coffins that resulted in the approximate disposal of 1,632,932 kilograms of material, not including the energy used in the processing of the materials for those coffins, such as shipping, labor, manufacturing, finishing, et cetera. In this speculative piece we ask: Can we promote a process of death which uses design, recycled materials, and technology for a more ecological practice of grieving?

We can’t stop from dying but we can die smarter and more ecological – we can D-I-Y.

Grim or enlightening? Curious or distasteful? You make your call at this quirky installation that is part of the multi-site Death and Dying installation series.

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The ‘Death and Dying’ series explores the theme of end of life through the lens of design and art. Through participatory and observational experiences, the Series invites you to think about your relationship with death and dying as an individual, a member of a family and social network and as a human being in society. The ‘Death and Dying’ series is a collaboration between OCAD University’s Design for Health graduate program and TABOO Health.

‘Death and 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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Dates

Thu, Jan 17, 2019 — Sun, Jan 27, 2019

Type

Exhibitions

Admission

Free

Location Accessible

Critical Distance Gallery, Artscape Youngplace No. 302

180 Shaw Street

Reception

Yes

Opening Reception (date and time to be confirmed)
Part of the Death and Dying Installation Series including:
Until the Last Breath
Before I Die…
Time Moving
Constellations
Death and Dying Discussions


Daily Hours

TueTuesday

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

WedWednesday

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

ThuThursday

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

FriFriday

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

SatSaturday

11:00 am

5:00 pm

SunSunday

11:00 am

5:00 pm

Participants

Justin Tyler Tate (TABOO Health)