October 31, 2012 – Jae Rhim Lee

Director, Infinity Burial Project
TED Fellow
Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
Research Affiliate, MIT

“The Body/Self and Decompiculture”

Jae Rhim Lee will discuss her latest project, the Infinity Burial Project. The Infinity Burial Project is a proposal for an alternative postmortem option which promotes and facilitates the process of corpse decomposition and toxin remediation. ┬áThe Project features the training of existing edible mushrooms to decompose and remediate toxins in human tissue (Infinity Mushroom), the development of a decomposition ‘kit’ consisting of a cocktail of capsules which hold various decomposing organisms (Decompiculture Kit), burial suits embedded with decomposition activators, and a membership society (the Decompiculture Society) devoted to the promotion of death acceptance and the practice of decompiculture (the cultivation of decomposing organisms).