Humans have been enshrining and memorializing their dead for millennia. While forms and rituals vary widely across cultures and religions, we are nonetheless reacting to similar desires: memorializing a life, coping with loss, religious symbolism, returning to nature, etc.
The realities of the world today have imposed additional restrictions and opportunities on internment: rapid population growth, densifying urban areas, limited space, environmental concerns, and digitization—all factors that could lead architects to reimagine our own exit.
EXIT Architecture is a speculative look at designing for the afterlife in all of its potential architectural and design forms, and new ways of marking our exit. The exhibition presents a critical, projective, and speculative look at the present and future of this realm of design—through personal and individual examples of design for the hereafter, as well as approaches that affect or can be adopted by many.
EXIT Architecture is the first curated exhibition of the Art Omi: Architecture program. It will be on view at the Newmark Gallery in the Benenson Center located at the Art Omi’s 200-acre campus from January 12 to March 3, 2019, and available to travel thereafter starting March 15, 2019.