The industrialized West doesn’t know how to deal with death. Culturally, we only seem capable of engaging with the end of a human being’s life in one way: as a problem. That problem can be “solved” by medicalizing it into a million little pieces, throwing money and fantasy at it, or simply turning away from the people facing its natural approach. Rituals of acceptance, dignity, or even beauty around death are not part of our social firmware–which is why a project like Philip Nitschke’s Sarco may seem sincere, obscene, crass, and humane all at once.
The world’s first 3D-printed euthanasia pod ‘The Sarco’ had its global unveil at Venice Design on 9+10 May 2019.
AAP – By Tracey Ferrier – May 9, 2019 — 1.00pm
Australian euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke is about to unveil his new high-tech death machine in Venice (9+10 May) and says people are already lining up to use it.
A full-size, wooden mock-up of Sarco was unveiled at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair on April 14th. 2018