Team Info

Team member 1: Andrew Gonzales Team member 2: Jourdon Miller

Nationality: United States

Institution: University of California, Los Angeles


TogetherWeGlow Capturing decompositional heat energy to connect the bereaved and deceased

#LightNeverDies #GuidingGlow #NormalizeGrief #NeighborhoodDeathPlazas #InDeathWeGlow

Religion and upbringing aside, the process of death is the same. Internal organs decompose first. The skin shifts from green to red as gases and heat bloat the rotting corpse. Eventually, the liquefied remains seep into the ground.

The modern industrial death economy severs us from this grotesque truth, overwhelming a traditional practice deeply unique to each community. Capitalism asserts its dominance in our most vulnerable state, robbing us of our ability to grieve.

How might a community look if the extended process of death was constructed as a vital part of its social and physical fabric?

To push against Capitalist expansion, many cities reclaim the street from automobiles as anthropocentric spaces. We take this concept one step further by inserting death as an integral part of pedestrian plazas.

The dead reside in individual pods in tubes that aid in the process of decomposition. The natural thermal output of bodily decomposition is harnessed to power a lighting installation surrounding each tube, illuminating a fully accessible underground world of the “living” dead. This intervention normalizes grief in a highly public manner, highlights the role of death as essential in our communities, and ultimately brings us together.

In death, we glow.

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
woocommerce_cart_hash session Helps WooCommerce determine when cart contents/data changes.
woocommerce_items_in_cart session Helps WooCommerce determine when cart contents/data changes.
wp_woocommerce_session_ 2 days Contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer.
  • woocommerce_cart_hash
  • woocommerce_items_in_cart
  • wp_woocommerce_session_

Decline all Services
Accept all Services