Department of Digital Remains

  • In 50 years, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook1 and it will turn into a virtual graveyard. The Department of Digital Remains is a fictional federal agency that keeps a tab on all your virtual actions which will determine your fate in the digital afterlife.

    In an age of immortal digital presences, this is a speculative look at what happens to our online selves after we die. This project uses design fiction to examine digital lives through the lens of digital death while trying to answer the question: If we have found ways to treat physical remains of the departed with dignity, why not digital remains?
  • WELCOME TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DIGITAL REMAINS.
    YOU HAVE DIGITAL KARMA. AS ONLINE SOULS, YOU ARE
    HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT YOU CREATE, PROMOTE
    & ALLOW ONLINE. OUR KARMIC ACCOUNTANT HAS BEEN
    KEEPING TABS ON YOUR VIRTUAL ACTIONS.

    HERE AT THE DDR, WE STRIVE TO TREAT THE DIGITAL
    REMAINS OF THE DEAD WITH DIGNITY AND ENSURE
    JUSTICE IN THE DIGITAL AFTERLIFE.
  • FROM THE BOLD FASHION CHOICES YOU
    MADE, TO THE AVOCADO TOASTS YOU SHARED,
    WE WANT YOUR PORTRAIT IN THE
    DIGITAL AFTERLIFE TO BE AN ODE TO YOUR
    UNIQUE DIGITAL FOOTPRINT, NOT A GENERIC
    ‘REMEMBERING’ ABOVE YOUR NAME.
  • Machinery of the Department
  • Case Files: Before and after judgement
  • Colour of each case is determined by the tone of the content they have shared.
  • EVERLAND IS THE ETERNAL HALL OF FAME
    WHERE YOUR DIGITAL SELF WOULD BE PRESERVED
    FOR EONS TO COME. AN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
    IS REWARDED.EXEMPLARY NETIZENS ARE THOSE WHO
    LEAD AN ADMIRABLE LIFE OF DUTY AND
    HONOUR AND/OR BROUGHT IMMENSE LOVE AND
    JOY INTO THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE.
  •  A Digital Eulogy

    The pixels of one’s digital footprint form unique portraits of their digital lives. These would include one portrait that expressed the overarching emotional quality of their social media presence and other pixels would reflect their interests and leanings.
  • WHAT IS THE DIGITAL WORLD IF NOT ANOTHER
    GALAXY OF COUNTLESS WOUNDED SENTIMENTS?
    EVEN WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS, YOU SWING
    LEFT OR RIGHT, YOU ARE  BOUND TO RUB SOMEONE
    THE WRONG WAY. OUR COMMITTEE OF HURT FEELINGS
    CHECKS IN ON ALL THE AGONY YOUR WORDS
    ARE CAUSING, KNOWINGLY AND UNKNOWINGLY.

  • WHAT IS THE DIGITAL WORLD IF NOT ANOTHER
    GALAXY OF COUNTLESS WOUNDED SENTIMENTS?
    EVEN WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS, YOU SWING
    LEFT OR RIGHT, YOU ARE  BOUND TO RUB SOMEONE
    THE WRONG WAY. OUR COMMITTEE OF HURT FEELINGS
    CHECKS IN ON ALL THE AGONY YOUR WORDS
    ARE CAUSING, KNOWINGLY AND UNKNOWINGLY.

  • THE COMMITTEE OF SECOND CHANCES WILL GIVE
    YOU WARNINGS THROUGHOUT YOUR DIGITAL LIFE AND
    A FAIR TRIAL TO YOUR MEMORY BEFORE SENDING
    YOUR CASE TO CAPE TROLL.

  • WITH A POSTIVE SCORE, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE YOUR
    PROFILE DELETED AFTER DEATH AND EARN A PEACEFUL
    AFTERLIFE OFF THE GRID IN THE ISLE OF OBLIVION. YOUR
    LOVED ONES WILL RECEIVE A KEY TO YOUR DIGITAL CABINET.

  • Our grad show got cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. I got by with a little help
    from my friends and set up an immersive installation experience of the fictional department.