Research Magazine

Forecasting Edition - Designskolen 2015

The project “Where the fireflies end” came from a long research process.

We started our project with interviews of different elderly people to understand their needs, pains.

By talking with them we figure out the need to recreate a dialogue around death with their family. Then,

we interviewed some undertakers, a preast and other people from different ages to get a bigger picture of the subject. We gathered our key findings in this magazine divided in different parts. We used black humor and sarcasm to raise some problematics and bring other perspectives on this heavy and serious subject. Based on different indicators, we imagined a future world, in order to place our project in context.

Ads spread along the magazine are questioning the future or death and funerals.

This object stand as the ground of our project.

 

Work in group with Paul Lequay and Maxime Marois.

"As a priest, I have to think about who are the funerals for. Is it for the dead or for the living ? Sometimes, it’s for

the living, a time to quit the dead, the beloved one who died."

 

Benjamin, priest

Interviews with Britta, Dagnar and Marie-Theresa at the elderly home

“I wish to close my eyes now”

Marie Theresa

 

It is not something you are supposed to say, but she means it. We probably are the only persons to whom she confided this desire. Her children don't want  to talk about it. She is ready to die, and she can only say it to four strangers.

"I love this job because you feel

 you can really make a difference for people."

 

Allan, Undertaker

"Before the children were not allowed to go to the funeral but today, we encourage people to bring them.

Cause sometimes, their fantasy are much more darker or stranger than to see their grandparents just “sleeping"..."

 

Ada, undertaker

"I’m not saying you can be prepared for death. You cannot. You loose someone, he takes a part of you. You can no longer say the things you used to say. If it’s your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, of course, a lot of you is gone.

 So you can’t be prepared for it, but maybe you can accept it as a part of life."

 

Benjamin, priest

"If our children and grandchildren remember us, it’s the essential. We don’t feel the need to leave

a physical thing behind. Just memories."

 

Simone & Jean