Digital Death Day Europe 2011

photo by Tomas Valenzula Blejer

Digital Death Day 2011 Europe will be November 11, 2011.

9am to 4:30 at the TropenMuseum

Registration IS Open.

BEAUTIFUL LONG FORM INVITATION

DEATH IS A PART OF LIFE AND LIFE HAS (TO AN EXTENT) BECOME DIGITAL.
Our increasing digitality means that we will increasingly be forced to come FACE to SCREEN with the various dimensions and complexities of Digital Death.
Held in the inspiring setting of the Tropenmuseum’s exhibition Death Matters, this conference will be primarily concerned with provoking discourse around the social, cultural and practical implications of Death in the Digital world.
Thus stimulating a reconsideration of how death, mourning, memories and history are currently being augmented in our technologically mediated society.
‘We hardly know what life is how can we hope to understand death?’ -Chinese sage Confucius (fifth century BC)

IF YOU ARE A:

  • Funeral Director
  • Thanatologist
  • Social Network Admin
  • Data Systems Admin
  • Product Manager
  • Information Systems Researcher
  • HCI Researcher
  • Digital Designer
  • Psychologist or Grief Counselor
  • Palliative Care Specialist
  • Historian
  • Pre-Need Sales Person
  • Funeral Celebrant
  • Estate Planner
  • Legacy Planner
  • End of Life Planner
  • Solicitors and Barristers in Intellectual Property and Estate Law
  • Clergy OR
  • Simply an Interested Human Being

THEN THIS IS THE CONFERENCE FOR YOU!
The format will be an open space un-conference with attendees creating the agenda and proposing sessions at the start. If you have a presentation, question, answer or particular interest you can propose a session at.

ABOUT THE TROPENMUSEUM
The Tropenmuseum presents, researches and encourages knowledge about and exchange between cultures. It offers a wide and varied audience an experience that utilises every form of museum presentation: exhibitions, collections and expertise, publications, the historic building, educational and other activities. The Royal Tropical Institute’s museum is active internationally in the field of culture and development.

DEATH MATTERS @ THE TROPENMUSEUM
Death Matters shows how people deal with death in different parts of the world. How they mourn and commemorate: whether privately or openly, soberly or exuberantly, alone or communally. Various forms of leave-taking, mourning and commemorating are presented in the exhibition. These reveal much about what people think about life, death and the hereafter. Besides objects, personal stories and films, Death Matters also features recent work by international artists such as Marina Abramovic, Yang Jiechang, Jan Fabre, Carlos Amorales and Krien Clevis referring to various cultural traditions connected with death.SOME

QUESTION WE HOPE WILL BE RAISED BY THE EVENT:

  • What does this change mean for loved ones of the departed?
  • What does it mean for professionals in end of life care and post mortem services?
  • How does it change the way online tools and social networks are constructed and the service providers ‘terms and conditions’?
  • What are the new forms of estate and legacy planning?
  • What does this mean for governments in terms of archiving, digital heritage and the collection of public records?
  • What businesses are serving this ‘new’ market and what do these businesses have to offer?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Accessible by tram 3, 7, 9, 10, 14 and bus 22

TROPENMUSEUM
Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam

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