Gepubliceerd op 11 oktober 2011 om 22:24

"When I die, the mushrooms will recognize my body and be able to eat it."

Hear more about Jae Rhim Lee's efforts to create a more eco-friendly burial alternative HERE


Here's a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally -- using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you'll ever see ...

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

TED Senior Fellow Jae Rhim Lee develops new rituals and objects around death to point us toward a more sustainable future, including a mushroom burial suit that converts our unused bodies efficiently into clean compost.

Why you should listen

Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist and mushroom lover. In her early work as a grad student at MIT, she built systems that reworked basic human processes before turning to work on a compelling new plan for the final human process: decomposition. Her Infinity Burial Project explores the choices we face after death and how our choices reflect our denial or acceptance of death's physical implications. She's been developing a new strain of fungus, the Infinity Mushroom, that feeds on and remediates the industrial toxins we store in our bodies and convert our bodies into nutrients.

What others say

“Jae Rhim Lee's work challenges the boundaries prescribed by society and 
culture between self and other by proposing unorthodox relationships for the 
mind/body/self.” — MIT

Jae Rhim Lee’s TED talk

Jae Rhim Lee My mushroom burial suit

Posted Oct 2011



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