As a species, we have grown comfortable with eradicating ecosystems to architect spaces, cordoning ourselves off from the natural world. Taking inspiration from nature, the mixed reality Medusa installation began with the questions: is there even such a thing as non-physical architecture? What is the function of architecture without physical form? It headlined the London Design Festival in 2021 at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Yoyo Munk’s first book is an exploration of Medusa’s themes, ruminating on our changing relationship with architecture within the context of rapidly advancing technology and ongoing mass extinction. With a highly conceptual design embodying the book’s concepts, it is an art object, employing multiple inks, foils, papers and processes.
Medusa includes fascinating conversations between Munk and Sou Fujimoto, the renowned architect and Medusa collaborator; James Bridle, author of Ways of Being; Veronica Strang, cultural anthropologist; and Seirian Sumner, author of Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps. A dazzling poetic contribution from Octavia Bright, author of This Ragged Grace: A Memoir of Recovery and Renewal is interspersed throughout the book. Featuring shots of the installation and full of beautiful imagery, Medusa is a timely and moving artist’s book about climate grief.
Text by Yoyo Munk, Octavia Bright, Seirian Sumner, James Bridle, Sou Fujimoto and Veronica Strang.
Book design & creative direction by Billie Temple and Agatha Smith.
Edited by Alysha Naples, Eliza Scott and Billie Temple.
24 x 21 cm, portrait.
324pp with multiple foils and papers, including recycled types and some made from algae.
Published by Hurtwood Press.
Yoyo Munk is a trained biologist and Chief Science Officer of Tin Drum, a collective of artists, engineers, designers and technologists. They produce content for wearable augmented and mixed reality devices, often collaborating with exceptional artists including Marina Abramović on the world’s first Mixed Reality performance artwork, The Life. After a career in academia, Yoyo was the Lead Perception Scientist at Magic Leap, where they focused on questions around accommodation-vergence mismatch in human perception. Yoyo is the Director of the Medusa installation, Tin Drum’s exploration into our relationship with nature and architecture informed by their deep engagement with climate change.
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