An outake from “Into Eternity” a documentary that explores how Finland is storing their Nuclear Waste and how it is going to stay locked up for 100’000 years in a place called Onkalo. 

How do they tell future generations that may not have an understanding of our world as we know it, to not enter or explore Onkalo?

“The house of fame, he thought, is built on melting ice, not steel…”
— Anya Seton, Katherine

The Immortalist

THE IMMORTALISTS- Trailer from David Anthony Alvarado on Vimeo.

The documentary looks at two individuals looking to reverse the process of ageing and in turn live forever. Although not totally related to my project, there are some connections to what I’m looking at being remembered forever after death.

Gravestones

I think Gravestones are somewhat effective as they last long after you pass away but they have little to say about you after you die. If you are ‘lucky’ someone will read it and that’s ok but what does the person get from what it says on your grave? Maybe something like: “He was a loving father and great husband” sure cool but so is everyone else. I need to know more about this person there’s more to him than just being a father and husband. He must have done something more than that in his life. Being a great father and husband are commendable things but he might of done something better like help cure cancer or he may have done something worse like accidentally lose someone’s dog he was watching for example. 

Basically what I’m saying is I need more than a gravestone to know a person and I need that information readily available to remember someone. I want more from the gravestone!

MK12

This is the intro to Stranger Than Fiction. MK12 studios designed these animations and they’re pretty dope.

Nike Innovation Kitching


via
 Freshness

The Nike Innovation Kitchen is where the majority of Nike’s new technology and at the time more ‘radical’ ideas stem from. It is comparable to Google’s ‘Creative Lab’ and is where “Innovation is about the invention of something that did not exist before, to solve a problem in a better way than anyone had previously,  and doing that with results and a mass change in the way people think about things.” - Paul Francis, Senior Director of Footwear Innovation at Nike. 

via High Snobiety

I really am jealous of the people working in the Innovation Kitchen they get to evolve sports equipment, work on a variety of different projects and is rated by Fast CO. as the no. 1 innovative company of 2013. 

BEES & BOMBS

All via Bees & Bombs 

These gifs are created by David Whyte. He’s a math wizard turn processing/pattern maker/artist. I really like the art and I think there is a lot of potential in Processing to create really nice motion graphics or interactive design.

Information Graphics

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via Signal Noise

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via Accept & Proceed

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via Cool Infographics

I like information art/graphics

Cheating Death

I don’t think that there is anyway that I will be able to not die so the only thing I can do is to effect what I do in my life and how I wish to be remembered. I can either do my best make my life worth while as do as much as I want and succeed as best I can or I can work towards being remembered forever. Ideally I would be able to do both it would be nice to make a significant impact on this world through succeeding in life but that is never a guarantee. If I can do something so that others remember me because realistically I don’t think there will be much fuss over who I am/was after my great grandchildren pass so in essence I may only live on for another 400 years or so after I pass.

If I do work towards being remembered via some method I would be able to determine what aspects of my life are chosen to be remembered for. So should I be allowed to only show the best aspects of my life or do I have to include even the worst parts or worst things I have done?

Only a moment

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via 
Virtuali

This flower above is the Amorphophallus titanum also known as the 'corpse flower' it only flowers a few times in it’s 40 year life span. I think there is something really lovely about nurturing something for so long and while you just enjoy it for a short time (one or two daysref in the case of the flower) you appreciate it and value it.

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via The Guardian

The sand pattern is made by Tony Plant by using a rake the art only lasts as long as the tide and wind allows it to, in his own words “They’re temporary.” Does the fact that they’re only there for a short time make you appreciate them more? Plant describes his work as interventions and that should “…be seen and experienced.” Emphasis on the experienced in my opinion I imagine viewing them in person brings it to another level and the way you “experience” it would be dependent on your mood at the time of it.

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via Gardens of Japan by Tetsuro Yoshida pg 66-67

The Dry-Landscape Garden originally consists of just sand and stone those that believed in or partook in Zen philosophy used the garden to give it a physical form. - Hayakawa pg 74 Although not as temporary as the art by Tony Plant or the Corpse Flower it is still something that degrades and is appreciated in the moment. 

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via The Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art

Tibetan sand Mandala’s are a ritual performed by Tibetan monks to aid in enlightenment. The space is consecrated with chants and music and then the monks spend days creating detailed beautiful drawings and at the end the monks mimic the impermanent nature of existence and sweep up the grains of sand and disperse them in flowing water. - The Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art 

I like this idea of building/nurturing something and only being able to experience it once for a short time. I think it teaches you to live in the moment. It could be something like climbing a mountain and enjoying the view only when you’re up there. You spend time and energy to earn it and maybe that’s what makes it more meaningful?

Stranger than Fiction

'Stranger than Fiction' is a movie that observers two principal characters throughout the movie. The first of which is Harold Crick an IRS Tax Agent that one day begins to hear a voice in his head that is narrating his life, the second is Karen Eiffle who turns out to be the narrator of Crick's life she ends up being the author of a book about how Harold Crick dies. 

[SPOILER ALERT] Crick the boring IRS Tax Agent realises he does not have much time left on the earth and decides to take chances and does the things he’s always wanted to do in life. Crick eventually meets Eiffle and she can not bring herself to kill Crick by writing how he would die.  It’s a beautiful movie that explores the notion of taking advantage of the time we have on this earth before we pass on.

Into the Wild

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Written by Jon Krakauer, ‘Into the Wild’ tells the story of Chris McCandless as he gives up his comfortable life and travels across America and up to Alaska to live off the land but fails to do so and dies. Even though Chris dies (in my opinion) all too young he is immortalised in Krakauer’s book where he will be remembered for at least a few decades, if not forever.

Death…

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via The Fox and King

Death is my biggest fear because I’m afraid of what happens after you die, what scares me the most and to me seems the most logical is that it’s like a switch and there’s this nothingness after you pass. I would find comfort if I was sure that there was a Heaven or something of a similar nature but I’m really not sure if I believe in it. I know there isn’t anything I can really do to stop death from coming but what I can affect is how people will remember me after I pass. What I want to happen is to be remembered forever after I die.