In the Face of Death is a collaborative project with 25 students from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and Falmouth University. The project aimed to create a meaningful graphic system of symbols, which focus on ideas and beliefs at the end of life – using the four immortality narratives (as described in Stephen Cave's Book Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How it Drives Civilization) Elixir, Resurrection, The Soul and Legacy as vehices to establish these systems.
The complex physical reactions which allow the sun to emit life-enabling light are highly improbable, yet real. Only with the help of abstract physical theories are we able to explain them. Similarly, the probability of a protein molecule, the basic module of our DNA, being formed is merely 1:10³²¹.
These and many more examples show how our entire life is based on extreme improbability. Nevertheless, we exist with our various fears, worries and hopes. We fear finite existence. We hope for an afterlife – even though our rational mind tries to resist believing in its possibility and probability. Our perceptual range and imagination just doesn’t stretch that far. But can life after death be more improbable than the fact that we exist and are thinking about this matter right now?
Set of Symbols
The final result of the project was supposed to be a 3D Artifact to demonstrate how the set of symbols could be used in our daily life. To underline the ironical, chartoonistic and playful character of my concept, I choose to create a card came, which is basically a modification of the traditional game Old Maid. The goal of my game is to prevent to form and discard pairs of cards and to find and keep the Life Evolved card until all cards of the deck are discarded. Life wins - against all statistical odds.