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0malkinkin.jpgCemetery 2.0, by Elliott Malkin, is a concept for networked devices that connect burial sites to online memorials for the deceased. The prototype links the gravestone of Hyman Victor, Malkin's great-grandfather, to his surviving Internet presence, including his: Flickr Genealogical Repository, Facebook Memorial Profile, Pedigree Resource File and Family Tree of the Jewish People entry .

The Cemetery 2.0 device maintains a live satellite Internet connection. Visitors to the physical memorial can view related memorials on the device display, while visitors of any of the online memorials will recognize that their browsing is associated directly with the actual burial site. The Cemetery 2.0 device is connected to Hyman Victor's GEDCOM file. The file includes The Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the dead) to neutralize an inadvertent posthumous baptism.

The artist compiled his findings about into GEDCOM (the universal file format developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which maintains the largest genealogical database in the world) and uploaded Hyman's GEDCOM to the Pedigree Resource File and The Family Tree of the Jewish People, both of which are based exclusively on GEDCOM.

The notion of a digital cemetery, rows of servers in vaults below a mountain in Utah, raises the possibility of combining the electronic burial with its traditional counterpart. In this sense, the project is a step towards the next-generation cemetery — a networked memorial to the electronic record of a man.

Other works by Elliott Malkin: Crucific for electromagnetic faith and eRuv: A Street History in Semacode.

Related: Digital Remains by Michele Gauler ; Mission Eternity by etoy; Biopresence, by Shiho Fukuhara and Georg Tremmel; and Postmortem.

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3 Comments:

Last year a group of industrial design students participated in the microsoft design challenge with a concept related to this topic.

The students developed a concept unrevealed routes which can briefly described as a rich media incarnation of the family album, giving access to generations of family memories.

One of the things that came out of their investigations was that we currently don't have the technology (software and hardware) to make kind of long-lasting products that fit these concepts.

michellemalkin

I am in search of the last name of malkin in a family tree, but have also come across Malchin, which was the given name to peter malkin. were does the family name change?

Ben Walker

I attended to a conference at the Tate Modern London in 2005 and saw a presentation of art project funded by the arts council in England called scan memories that seemed quite amazing. The artists were based in Goldsmiths College. I found their site but does not give much info www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/stcigroup

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