Visual artist Jae Rhim Lee is currently training shiitake and oyster mushrooms to feast on decaying human flesh to develop a new green burial system, while also increasing knowledge and awareness of the concept of death acceptance
Jae Rhim Lee cultivates and fine-tunes the tissue-digesting fungi in a DIY tarpaulin-covered mobile laboratory
Jae Rhim Lee has built a tarpaulin-covered mobile laboratory to cultivate and fine-tune the tissue-digesting fungi
Jae Rhim Lee's Infinity Burial Project is hoping to raise awareness of the concept of death acceptance
Jae Rhim Lee wearing the Infinity Burial Suit prototype
Diagram of the Infinity Burial Suit
As part of a project aimed at getting people to accept and embrace their own mortality, visual artist Jae Rhim Lee is training mushrooms to decompose human tissue. This doesn't involve cruelly prodding unruly shrooms with electric goads or whipping them into submission, but rather introducing common fungi to the artist's own skin, hair, nail clippings and other body tissue so that they start to digest it. A prototype body suit has been created that's embroidered with spore-infused netting. This would be used in conjunction with a special spore slurry embalming cocktail to break down the body's organic matter and clean out the accumulated toxins, producing a nutrient-rich compost.
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