Reimagine: Art and Design for the End of Life

Friday, April 20, 5:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
Join California College of the Arts students and faculty for a special evening of film, art, design and music during Reimagine End of Life, a San Francisco citywide conversation about how we might think differently about death with the aim of improving the experience for ourselves and our communities. From April 16 to 22 a wide variety of discussions, performances, workshops and other special events are designed to unite the medical, spiritual and creative communities and CCA will play a vital role by bringing artists and designers into the conversation.
On the evening of Friday, April 20, CCA will host a film screening of the new Netflix documentary End Game and a Q+A with director and CCA Film Co-Chair Rob Epstein. Following the film will be presentations by Seattle-based architect Katrina Spade of the Recompose, Stockholm-based interaction designer Joe McLeod author of Ends and Caitlin Campbell of Columbia University’s DeathLAB to present their Constellation Park project. We will begin the evening with an informal reception, an exhibition of student, faculty and alumni art and design work, student design prototypes and a live performance of the Threshhold Choir to help visitors experience how music can bring comfort to the dying. 
CCA’s larger goal is to take the end of life discussion beyond the healthcare and spiritual realms into the creative realm where artists and designers are creating work designed to help people have more meaningful end of life experiences and to hold the memory of those who have died. When we create for the end of our lives, we are actually making work that supports all of life’s moments and in doing so we are fulfilling one of CCA’s missions to Make Art that Matters.
Friday, April 20
5 -7 p.m. Reception and Exhibition
San Francisco Main Campus - Helzel Boardroom Lounge and East Rooms

7 - 9 p.m. Film Screening and Presentations
San Francisco Main Campus - Timken Lecture Hall

[Image details: END GAME (still), 2018, courtesy of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman]