Love After Death

Timeframe: 2016- present
Funder: Carnegie UK with Nesta, Redbridge Vision, The Cyprus High Commission, and ESRC

Love After Death is a touring installation that questions how futuring technologies and aesthetics augment our relationship to end-of-life planning? It was commissioned by NESTA for their own flagship public engagement event: FutureFest, and was recommissioned by Redbridge Library for Dying Matters Week 2018. Futurefest16 attracted over 4,000 international visitors and Redbridge Library receives an average of 3,000 visitors every weekend. Since its conception in 2016 it has been redesigned as a site-specific intervention for libraries called ‘Tickets for the Afterlife’. This explores how libraries can be used as death positive spaces that aid publics in exploring their physical and digital legacies. By creating diegetic prototypes that tangibly explore the relationship between technology, creativity and death this project produces new knowledge in the fields of speculative design, death studies, human-computer interaction (HCI) and artistic research as an innovative model of public engagement. Tickets for the Afterlife has been commissioned and installed during: London Design Week 2019, the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2019 at Newcastle City Library and during DesignTO festival, Toronto 2020, Dying. Dialogues series, with an online programme during COVID-19.