In the face of Death is a collaborative project with 25 students from Augsburg University, and Falmouth University, including staff Nikki Salkeld, Ashley Rudolph, Prof. Michael Wörgötter and Prof. Stefan Bufler.
The project aims to create of a meaningful graphic system of symbols, which focus on ideas and beliefs at the end of life, (the moment at which we die). 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 vehicles to establish these systems.
In the face of Death project launched in Augsburg just before Easter 2015. The 25 students have been given one of the four immortality narratives to research and consider how they might then create of a meaningful graphic system of symbols, which focus on ideas and beliefs at the end of life, (the moment at which we die). The project was introduced by Steven Cave’s, School of Life podcast, followed by an historical overview of death and attitudes to mortality and immortality. We then had an immortality tour of Augsburg, followed by lectures on the theory of signs and the sign development process.
The weeks events also include an evening Calligraphy workshop led by Prof. Hans Heitmann and a research day in Munich at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum and the Anatomische Sammlung der LMU München.