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What if data had funerals too?

If we are about to become this digital civilisation as it has been commonly stated, and if funerals are considered by anthropologists one of the foundations of a civilisation, we may have to imagine funerals for our precious data. However, do we value our data enough to grant funerals for these once-beloved traces of our life when they are gone? And are they even gone?

Data Funerals explore and question our relation to the fragility of data, be they personal or not, through a design fiction work. This series of speculative rituals and near-future scenarios explore how we could – today and tomorrow –  predict, conjure, grieve, mourn, remember the disappearance of our data and the decay of their silicium bodies.

The Maraboot

The Maraboot

When my data left the cloud for the sky

When my data left the cloud for the sky

Ghosts from your e-waste

The Ghosts from you e-waste

0u1ja

0u1ja

A pilgrimage to the last data center

A pilgrimage to the last data-center

Mundane relics

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In grave, engraved

Engraved, in graves

Digital mourners for hire

Digital mourners for hire

Datamnatio memoriae, the anti-memorial

Datamnatio memoriae, the anti-memorial

Many other rites and stories remain to be imagined and designed. If you feel so, share your own funeral rites for data.

Share your speculative funeral rite