Mortality and memory are points of inquiry in this posthumous publication.
It’s been an age-old trope in literature and film but now brain scans suggest it’s true.
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The documentarian talks to Hyperallergic about Dick Johnson Is Dead, and how “we need new language to allow for the extreme diversity that is life and death.”
Jan Oxenberg grapples with the loss of her grandmother in Thank You and Good Night, a film that’s fallen into obscurity since 1991 but is now available to stream.
“Ashes were providing such a poor user experience,” said Justin Crowe, founder of Parting Stone, a company that turns cremated remains into solidified stone-like objects.
Lindsay Tunkl’s performance series, Parting Practice: Rituals for Endings and Failure, invites participants to practice parting from ambitions, hopes, possessions, friends, family, and your life.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is exhibiting memento mori objects from Renaissance Europe, often grotesquely designed to startle viewers into recognizing mortality.
“Once visited by these terminal patients, these places aren’t just places anymore, they turn into monuments,” artist Hrair Sarkissian said of his Last Scene project.
The architects of our great landmarks are often buried beneath the humblest of tombstones, or have no marker at all.
For his series The Washing Away of Wrongs, Robert Shults photographed the forensic research of the world’s largest center for studying human remains at Texas State University.
After the loss of her father and a close friend, Heide Hatry began making portraits where her subjects’ faces are delicately recreated with their own cremated remains.