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Totems at Broken Nature


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The Totems installation is part of a long-term project initiated by Ravi Naidoo of Design Indaba and was first introduced at the Design Indaba conference in February, 2018. At Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival The Mediated Matter Group features a demonstration of melanin production on an architectural scale for deployment in specific environmental contexts. It is comprised of a totem—a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of the Tree of Life. Illustrating a product that embodies a process for melanin formation, the research at the core of this work fuses digital fabrication and design computation with chemical reaction dynamics, resulting in a ‘chemical Totem.’

Mediated Matter