Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead
The relationship between death and technology is as old as human civilisation; from cenotaph to facebook memorial, industries have been built on our desire to remember and be remembered. Technology now enables us to create spine-chilling immersive experiences; allowing us to embody the worlds of our ancestors, enter our ghost stories and even plan a little post-mortem haunting ourselves. We want to move the conversation beyond discussions of data legacy to ask whether we can engender a new form of history, one that allows us to interact with the dead.
Bringing together experts in human remains, memorialisation and new technology this Panel will explore our relationship with mortality in a digital age. The discussion will draw on recent projects which have used new technology to augment cemeteries, populate historic sites with ghosts of their past and instigate twitter conversations with a 1,610 year old woman.
Additional Supporting Materials
- John Troyer, Deputy Director , The Centre for Death and Society
- David Kirk, Senior Lecturer in Experience Centred Design, Culture Lab
- Tim Cole, Senior Lecturer in Social History, University of Bristol
- Lucy Heywood, Co-Artistic Director, Stand + Stare Collective
Jo Lansdowne, REACT Producer, Pervasive Media Studio, Watershed
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