Undead Matter has emerged through intersecting conversations with artists, poets, dancers, writers and musicians, as well cryomicrobiologists, death doulas, paleogeologists, permafrost geographers, mineralogists, archaeoastronomers, woodworkers, quantum physicists, bondage masters, cryonics speculators, indigenous elders and others met along the way. Each collaborator offers their own perspective on our place within the infinite impermanence of universal matter: past, present and possible.
Undead Matter considers the universality of death, extinction and ever re-forming matter as phenomena to understand existence: alive with agency, permeating the contemporary and redirecting futures.
Forthcoming contributions by: Oreet Ashery; Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom; Bo Choy; Mary Helena Clark; Daisy Hildyard; Myung Mi Kim; Okwui Okpokwasili; Flora Parrott; Himali Singh Soin; Aliaskar Torkaliaskari; Chandra Wickramasinghe; Kathryn Yusoff; and others unfolding.
Initiated and convened by Sophie J Williamson.
Image credits: Kongsfjorden iceburg, Ny Alesund, Svalbard, 79°N. Photo by Karen Lloyd; Greenlandic shark. Photo: Noaa Okeanos; Thawing permafrost, Alaska’s Arctic Coast. Photo: U.S. Geological Survey