February 22, 2012 12:27 PM Subscribe
"We want to eat, not be eaten by our food, right?"[TED]
. Artist/MIT graduate Jae Rhim Lee
's current project explores the possibility of, and interest in ecologically responsible interment. She is currently cultivating personalized Infinity Mushrooms
, which in combination with the Mushroom Death Suit
will promote postmortem mycological growth, and more importantly intimacy with and acceptance of the physical realities of decomposition as vehicles toward death acceptance.
Lee, in conjunction with MIT, planned the FEMA Trailer Project
after discovering that many trailers intended for Hurricane Katrina refugees were either unused, or led to further, unforeseen problems. The pilot project converted a surplus trailer into a mobile composting unit/community garden and teaching center.
She has received substantial financial grants and "additional funds"
to pursue the Infinity Burial Project, part of her overarching mission to "explore alternative relationships between self, body and environment through living systems and applied design, drawing on her background and strong interests in psychology, environmental sustainability, Eastern religion and disaster management."