Articles | Volume 79, issue 1
16 Feb 2024
Interface |  | 16 Feb 2024

Shifting values at the cemetery – the artistic interventions of DeathLab

Mirko Winkel, Mathias Siedhoff, and Jeannine Wintzer

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Short summary
Cemeteries are a reflection of the values, history, and composition of their communities. Current social developments are therefore also visible through them. This contribution describes the work of DeathLab, a public event series that uses contemporary artist-designed urns as a means of exploring shifting values in funeral culture and linking them to population geography. It explores the possibilities of scientific analysis by incorporating artistic interventions.