DIYing Free for DesignTOJanuary 18, 2019 - January 27, 2019
DIYing Free: Special Exhibition by Taboo Health
for DesignTO at Critical Distance
Opening Reception: January 17th, 6–9 pm
Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2019 edition of DesignTO Festival as host to Taboo Health’s interactive exhibition, DIYing Free, by artist Justin Tyler Tate. This special exhibition is a part of the captivating DesignTO Festival event series, Dying.
Organized by Taboo Health and OCAD University’s Design Studio, DIYing Free at Critical Distance is one of three exhibitions in their event series (along with Until the Last Breath and Time Moving in the 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery) that will take place at Artscape Youngplace in conjunction with Design Week, January 18–27 2019.
About DIYing Free
An exhibition of a do-it-yourself cardboard coffin seeks to turn death into a sustainable enterprise through design, technology, and open source methods, while daring you to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Come on in and stay a while, for this is a unique chance for the living to get cozy with one of life’s certainties…death.
In 2008 in the US alone, 1.8 million bodies were buried in coffins that resulted in the approximate disposal of 1,632,932 kilograms of material, not including the energy used in the processing of the materials for those coffins, such as shipping, labor, manufacturing, finishing, et cetera. In this speculative project we ask: Can we promote a process of death which uses design, recycled materials, and technology for a more ecological practice of grieving? We can’t stop from dying but we can die smarter—we can D-I-Y.
Grim or enlightening? Curious or distasteful? You make your call at this quirky installation that is part of the multi-site Death and Dying installation series.