Neri Oxman

Material Ecology

May 14–Oct 18, 2020

MoMA

Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group. Lazarus. 2016. Produced by, and in collaboration with, Stratasys, Ltd. Courtesy the Mediated Matter Group
  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 North
  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 South

From tree bark and crustacean shells to silkworm webs and human breath, nature shapes Neri Oxman’s innovative design and production processes. As a designer, architect, and founding director of The Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab, Oxman has developed not only new ways of thinking about materials, objects, buildings, and construction methods, but also new frameworks for interdisciplinary—and even interspecies—collaborations. Her pioneering approach, which she calls “material ecology,” brings together materials science, digital fabrication technologies, and organic design, to create new possibilities for the future. While individually these works are beautiful and revolutionary, together they put forward a new philosophy of designing, making—and even unmaking—the world around us.
 
This exhibition is included in our Virtual Views series. Hear directly from Neri Oxman and MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director of Research and Development, during a live Q&A, and experience Oxman’s work through video, audio features, interviews, and more.

Organized by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Director, Research and Development; and Anna Burckhardt, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is made possible by Allianz, MoMA’s partner for design and innovation.

Generous support is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and The Modern Women’s Fund.

MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

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