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M+M | 11/30 | EXTINCT: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects
EXTINCT: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects
with Barbara Penner, Adrian Forty, Olivia Horsfall Turner, Charles Rice, Harriet Harriss, Zeynep Çelik Alexander


History is filled with objects that once populated the world, but do so no longer. Some artifacts and technologies that have disappeared were once ubiquitous; others barely made it into existence, not more than an idea or prototype. We are interested not simply in why some things have disappeared, but in what their disappearance tells us about the world we have created for ourselves. In using the analogy of ‘extinction’ to describe this process, what assumptions do we perpetuate about why certain things disappear, at the expense of other, possibly no less pertinent, possibilities?


This talk features the editors of and selected contributors to the newly published book, Extinct: A Compendium of Obsolete Objects (Reaktion, November 2021). They will introduce the theme of extinction in design and present a series of objects from the book.

Nov 30, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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