From tree bark and crustaceans’ shells to silkworms and human breath, nature has influenced Media Arts and Sciences Professor Neri Oxman’s design and production processes. Throughout her 20-year career, Oxman has developed not only new ways of thinking about materials, objects, buildings, and construction processes, but also new frameworks for interdisciplinary—and even interspecies—collaborations.
The Museum of Modern Art now brings together a cross section of Oxman's work in the new exhibition Neri Oxman: Material Ecology.
Projects highlighted in this exhibition serve as “demos” for a library of materials and processes that might someday be available to all architects and designers. The objects and structures—many of which were created together with her Mediated Matter research group at the MIT Media Lab—are all designed as if grown, no assembly required. Together, they celebrate a new age in which biology, architecture, engineering, and design join forces to build the future.
Exhibition pieces pull from research collections including: Silk Pavilion l and the premier of the group's newest project, Silk Pavilion ll, Aguahoja l, Glass ll and lll, Vespers, and Totems.