Extinct gathers together the work of an exceptional range of artists, curators, architects, critics and academics, including Barry Bergdoll, Gillian Darley, Tacita Dean, David Edgerton, Hal Foster, Catherine Slessor, Deyan Sudjic and Richard Wentworth. In 85 illustrated essays, contributors nominate ‘extinct’ objects and address them in a series of short, vivid, sometimes personal essays, speaking of not only obsolete technologies, but other ways of thinking, making and interacting with the world. Extinct is filled with curious, half-remembered objects, each one evoking a future that never came to pass.
‘A truly fascinating and consistently unexpected account of a forgotten landscape of lost futures...a superb counter-blast to our own age of relentless upgrades and product improvements.’ – Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
‘A wonderfully curious book about how the ghosts of extinct inventions live on, not just in our minds but in the world around us.’ – Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World