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    Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead
    SxSW Interactive 2013

    In March 2013, the Death Reference Desk headed to the South by Southwest Interactive conference.

    A podcast of Death Ref John’s talk has now been released and you can listen to it above.

    He was part of presentation called Platforms for Haunting: The Talking Dead.

    Here is a description of the presentation.

    The relationship between death and technology is as old as human civilisation; from cenotaph to facebook memorial, industries have been built on our desire to remember and be remembered. Technology now enables us to create spine-chilling immersive experiences; allowing us to embody the worlds of our ancestors, enter our ghost stories and even plan a little post-mortem haunting ourselves. We want to move the conversation beyond discussions of data legacy to ask whether we can engender a new form of history, one that allows us to interact with the dead.

     

    Bringing together experts in human remains, memorialisation and new technology this Panel will explore our relationship with mortality in a digital age. The discussion will draw on recent projects which have used new technology to augment cemeteries, populate historic sites with ghosts of their past and instigate twitter conversations with a 1,610 year old woman.

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