Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit

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www.ted.com Here’s a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally — using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you’ll ever see …TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http



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24 Thoughts on “Jae Rhim Lee: My mushroom burial suit

  1. SemperBadBear on June 7, 2012 at 10:15 am said:

    -.- this is ridiculous

  2. fabaquarius1953 on June 7, 2012 at 10:23 am said:

    some one is bound to make a film about mushrooms growing arms, legs and teeth and attacking humans to eat them lol

  3. teddybruscie on June 7, 2012 at 11:14 am said:

    Some people are freaked out about this, but that’s because people forget, the natural order of life is recycle everything. Energy can not be destroyed. So when something dies, nature just recycles it, if carnivores don’t eat something, the insects will, and if they don’t, plants will. And I think we can all see where it goes from there. In a metal casket, your body just turns to dust and nothing happens to it. Which means there’s Millions of virtually empty metal boxes underground and growing.

  4. audiowiz on June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am said:

    She’s breeding a mushroom that will evolve to prey upon humans. I hope it’s a psilocybe.

  5. audiowiz on June 7, 2012 at 11:19 am said:

    Paul Stamets would approve of the mushroom suit.

  6. ssppeeccttrruumm on June 7, 2012 at 11:27 am said:

    I don’t think I would have have thought about the impact our modern burial methods have without this talk. Thanks :-)

  7. deagle50ae on June 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm said:

    That’s great that you want to limit your damage to the earth and all… but that iPhone has already caused more damage than your body ever will.

  8. DerrickDurden on June 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm said:

    Ok this was looking good and all, until she said she was training the mushrooms to eat her dead skin cells and hair… that is when shit got real. Zombie mushrooms or at least one that hunger for human flesh…

  9. SeanBannister on June 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm said:

    I’m gonna take a wild guess and presume she likes magic mushrooms.

  10. superdiza on June 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm said:

    it used to be “be afraid of someone who has a pig farm”, now it’s “be afraid of someone who has mushroom suits”…

  11. twoshedsjohnson on June 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:

    Someone who thinks she’s a retard.

  12. Spasatcom on June 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm said:

    Good Video, Very Infomative..

  13. Pangolinx1 on June 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm said:

    If you get buried with ~60 lbs of charcoal grit and 20 lbs of kelp powder you could end up as a very productive patch of Terra Preta Nova soil for several thousand years. Add an acorn and you get to feed an oak tree for the first few hundred years of that period.

  14. TheSweetestVegan on June 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm said:

    Who laughs like that in the middle of a speech

  15. samdon815 on June 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm said:

    Fungi are already eating us , alive . Athletes foot , jock itch , scalp itch are all types of fungus infections at work digesting us , even as we “speak”.

  16. nachoijp on June 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm said:

    oh yes, of course, I won’t argue you about that, I was just talking about the topic on the video, but if we look to other issues this is really small in comparison… so many things to fix!!! :O

  17. artkozak on June 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm said:

    there are toxins you can’t degrade. When it comes to mercury, it’s only a question where it is. Maybe we have to come to terms with the recycling of toxic elements in cemeteries, or maybe we have to come to terms with the fact that there are toxiv elements in cemeteries, I would like to point out that this pollution is insignificant in comparison with the rare earth industry, maybe it is time to sort out priorities.

  18. nachoijp on June 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm said:

    indeed, but the problem of the toxins that don’t degrade naturally remains, and they’ll build up in the graveyard and probably leak into the ground water… maybe a bag with something that eliminates those toxins (not a suit, just a bag) would solve all those issues, though eating healthy food is the best way to go obviously :P

  19. artkozak on June 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm said:

    wouldn’t it be easier to make a few holes in the coffin? Or just not use a coffin? I agree that there is improvement to be brought to the way we dispose of bodies. But the mushroom suits brings no value. Or is it meant as an alternative way of hiding the decay of the body during the ceremony? Actually I think the suit could be usefull, because it would make it easier to stop preparing bodies for ceremonies the way we do… but i prefer to beried with no coffin and no suit

  20. amirtalai on June 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm said:

    i love that the audience literally goes from laughing at her to giving her a standing ovation.

  21. drewt6768 on June 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm said:

    Never once failed a mission they kill all who attempt to stop them …
    No mercy No regret And No surrender
    They are… 5:00 The death squad

  22. TheRonMorales on June 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm said:

    I love this idea & the “decompinaut” @ 6:25 is similar to the “body farm” set-up, albeit more dignified & less concerned w/ forensic research. But there are only 5 such facilities in the U.S. T’would be convenient if there’s one here in the Phils.

  23. annemuryo on June 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm said:

    Are you taking pets?

  24. Nullfactory on June 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm said:

    This is all good till some of them get into the air and turn into living human eating fungi.

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