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Dying.dialogues Two Day Symposium ft. Bill Pechet

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Dying.dialogues is a symposium on death, dying, and design and is part of the Dying. event series running in conjunction with DesignTO

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Dying.dialogues invites participants to share and reflect on design practice as it relates to the process of moving towards death and through grief - whether these be speculative exploratory works, community engagements, or interventions for specific groups or circumstances. The symposium will engage across multiple domains, including - designers, artists, scholars, health care practitioners, and the wider public. These dialogues are an opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives and participate in open conversations about fragility, death, dying, loss, grief, and design.

This year Dying.dialogues will take place over 2 days. The event will begin on Friday, January 29th from 11:30 am-4 pm and continue on Saturday Janurary 30th from 11:45 am- 3:45 pm.

Bill Pechet will be presenting a keynote address on the project Little Spirits Garden on Saturday, January 30th, 2021.

Little Spirits Garden is a memorial garden designed to honour the loss of infants, both pre- and post-term. It is the first of its kind in North America.

A variety of commemorative elements provide for a range of needs. Little concrete houses, wind notes of wood veneer, tiny copper bells, and polished basalt spirit stones, all contribute to a peaceful and meditative environment for those who have lost their little ones.

A ceremony pavilion constructed of corten steel echoes the colours and shapes of arbutus bark found on the site. The polished concrete and bronze altar is inspired by the shape of a heart. The rounded edges are designed to offer a comforting, maternal anchor during funeral ceremonies. This tiny village will eventually memorialize over 3,000 children. This project was completed in collaboration with Daly Landscape Architecture. Little Spirits is located in Saanich, BC, Canada.

Over the past two years, the Dying.series has attracted over 5000 attendees, 26 speakers, including 4 opening and keynote speakers in the disciplines of design and healthcare, and 29 exhibiting artists and designers. In its third year, Dying. will continue to offer an opportunity to creatively engage in conversation about fragility, death, dying, loss, grief through the lens of art and design.

We reserve the right to modify dates, times, or delivery methods as required.

Photos may be taken at the event and used to promote the dying series in the future. If you would not like to be photographed please let the organizers know on the day of the event.

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