Philipp Voegele _ University Stuttgart
Paul Stockhausen _ University Stuttgart
– a non-existent space of memory
I am afraid of death.
Normalizing and mechanizing death could become our future. We live in a world in which the efficiency in our everyday life is so acute that we do not concern ourselves with the end of our lifes. Our future makes death efficient. Presents it as an everyday product of our lives. Like birth, death is an ordinary act of our life. We give death an indefinable non-referential space. A place of remembrance of life. While death is machined and processed effectively by this new institution, it is the memory we connect to the deceased that makes us feel the melancholy of death within this space. The confrontation with death does not present him as something negative or disconcerting, it neutralizes the process of dying. This new approach to an equivalent death requires an architecture of the non-existent. A non-referential architecture. At the same time, it is the private space within this architecture that used to be the grave, which we can design ourselves with memorabilia. Thus the cemetery becomes a place of remembrance, not mourning.
Death is harmless, when death comes we‘re ready, because we have lived.