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Ritual/Extinction: The future of death



That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. Live forever, or die trying.

Death is ubiquitous and universal – but as we move through life, facing the mortality of others and ourselves, we each experience this truth uniquely. How does death unwittingly colour our lives – and, when brought to our attention, do we embrace or ignore it? Are we inspired to create art, challenge current medical boundaries, consider long-standing traditions… or does it terrify us into silence?

With advances in science and technology, death may even be on its way to becoming just another curable symptom of ageing. If death becomes less than inevitable, what might we finally discover about its meaning to us as individuals and cultures? And what new rituals or approaches to death are already being found in an increasingly secular age?

Join us to explore attitudes towards the future of death – from philosophical, medical and artistic perspectives.


Angus Hervey

Angus Hervey is a science communicator, with a background in environmental economics and international political economy. He is the co-founder of Future Crunch, a forum for critical debate on how recent scientific and technological breakthroughs are affecting the way people live and work. He holds a... Read more

Paul Komesaroff

Professor Paul Komesaroff is a physician, medical researcher and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, where he is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society. He is a practising clinician, specialising in the field of endocrinology, and his scientifi... Read more

Kimba Griffith

Wholistic Funeral director, ceremonialist, death doula, jazz singer and death disruptor, Kimba Griffith walks with those facing life’s most immense transitions. As well as supporting people who have lost a person, Kimba works with people facing a life limiting illness, and those seeking to access ... Read more

Matt Lutton

Matthew Lutton is Malthouse Theatre’s artistic director and co-CEO. He has most recently directed for Malthouse Theatre I am a miracle, Night at Bald Mountain, The Bloody Chamber, Dance of Death, Pompeii, L.A., On the Misconception of Oedipus, Die Winterreise, The Trial and Tartuffe. He has... Read more


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