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Ekaterina Demina

MA work

Post-Life Material Contribution System

Inspired by issues related to the funeral industry, the goal of this project is to explore the potential economic value of mortality. Illustrating a fictional society in which an extended consumerist belief system has evolved, and with it, created a new form of body disposal.

The funeral process in this hyper-efficient society is based on scientific research and involves the procedure of turning the dead body into useful biomass, breaking it down to the chemical level. When it is no longer needed, the body is seen as a sustainable source of raw materials whereby the dead contributes to the economy.

Post-Life Material Contribution System provokes critical discussion about body ownership, alternative body disposal systems and potential moral issues arising from the commodification of death.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Interactions, 2015

  • Ekaterina is a speculative designer and researcher with a graphic design background. She finds her inspiration in the relationship between mass production and technology consumption, especially bio-technology – and with complex ethical design decisions.

    In her work she explores how emerging technologies influence people’s every day life, shaping alternative belief systems. Through practising world-building scenarios, she is designing new systems and networks reflecting different ideologies.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Kingston University, 2013; Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design & Illustration, Cambridge Arts and Science College, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Rilao Science of Fiction, USC Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, 2014; Work Out, Hoxton Arches, London, 2013; Dream lab: The Future of Food, Science Museum, London, 2012; Tourist, The Gallery On The Corner, London, 2012