I was intrigued by the d.school offering “Decay of Digital Things” in Spring 2014, that would be a series of workshops asking participants to consider what could be done to data, hardware, software, and other digital experiences once they were phased out or died out.
I developed the concept of a Farewell service, to put your beloved laptop to rest after it was officially too slow, too broken down, and too beat up to serve you any longer. Laptops are our precious things, that come with us everywhere and help us do so many things. Instead of letting them go when they are elderly, we end up keeping them in drawers, closets, and other hidden spaces instead of breaking it off.
This was a playful concept design, in which I crafted a small ritual to part ways with your long-time laptop, and hopefully pack it away (just as nicely as it came to you) for a better life of being recycled, repurposed, and made more useful than it would be stuck somewhere away under your desk.
My design was featured at an SF gallery in the Dogpatch for a one-night exhibition of ‘Decay of Digital Things’. I had my dead & shrouded laptop, along with props of cherries, coffee, and other mourning materials that come from funeral rituals in Turkey.