Neri Oxman: Designing for the Future

Neri Oxman: Material Ecology
© 2020 The Museum of Modern Art, Photo: Denis Doorly

Installation view of Neri Oxman: Material Ecology, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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.

Event Information
Start Date: February 22, 2020
End Date: December 31, 2021
Venue: Museum of Modern Art

Neri Oxman: Material Ecology