By Eliza Koch

Please (2010) is a series of collaged slides that illustrate text found on the website of the Neptune Society of Northern California, a cremation service provider based in San Francisco. The Neptune Society claims to be “dedicated to meeting the specific and personalized needs of Northern Californians by assisting with their cremation and funeral needs.” Customer reviews of the Society on other websites are largely negative, characterizing the company as a scam operation. Please is concerned with “new age” impulses, and the resultant business initiatives that attempt to capitalize on these impulses, specifically in the context of how our society deals with the subject of death.


Excerpts from Please (Eliza Koch, 2010). Slide show; 35mm color transparencies, 35mm slide projector, variable duration. Courtesy of the artist.


Eliza Koch is a multimedia artist with a background in drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and slideshows. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 with a degree in studio art. Koch currently lives in Brooklyn and works at Kayrock Screenprinting Studio in Williamsburg.



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