Museum as Muse


Books, a documentary, visual art and some exotic media, all inspired by the museum, its mission, and its exhibits

The Positively Unknown: A Kid's Guide to the Zymoglyphic Museum
Have you went to the Zymoglyphic museum? I have. and I'm planing on going 100 more times!

A seven-year-old's perspective on the museum, an interactive guide for younger visitors, and a coloring book, all in one. Alex G came to visit in November of 2018, took extensive photographs and was inspired to work on the guide on her break times from school. The resulting book was published in January of 2019.

You can see it here but it's best to use it as a guide while visiting the museum!
Spirits Under Glass
Spirits Under Glass is a unique artist's book that contains pinhole photographs of Zymoglyphic Museum artifacts and dioramas. The camera, photographs, and book were created by the museum's artist-in-residence, Judith Hoffman.

She has captured these and other dreamlike images of the museum's exhibits using a variety of photographic techniques and has also been investigating what makes a found object "zymoglyphic." For details see here.
Zymoglyphic - A Documentary
Zymoglyphic is an enigmatic mini-semi-mockumentary by Owen Delaney on the "the dying study of Zymoglyphology" featuring visiting professor Margaret Ellis. Filmed on-site in March of 2018, released in November of that year.
Courtyard art
Tintamarresque and entry sign by the creative team of Camille Carpenter and Taylor Perris (posing on the left)
Visitor photographs
Photography at the museum is encouraged and visitors over the years have come up with some marvelous perspectives on the exhibits. See the gallery here.
Zymophonic Music
In January of 2019, DJ Leo Daedalus devoted his two hour radio slot to a playlist inspired by the museum and its region. Music was interspersed with a live, in-studio interview with the curator. You can see the playlist here and listen to the whole thing here.
Pierre Uszynski came by the San Mateo version of the museum in March of 2012 with members of Sketchcrawl Silicon Valley. These two sketches were later used by the Zymoglyphic Postal Service on their postage stamps.
Mushroom Tasting
In March of 2018, Atlas Obscura sponsored a mushroom tasting at the museum where the dishes were themed around the historical eras of the Zymoglyphic region. More information here.
Two poems
from "Seven steps to a Tableau Vivant"
by Misbah Khokhar
We have labelled incorrectly these dead beings
at the Zymoglyphic Museum,
under your skin a panorama of living creatures
the soil under your painted toes
is fossicked
these strange currents that run within you
culminate in the fogginess of your gaze
we both know the controversy surrounding
mermaid collecting
we both know of leather-winged folk
who left city lights
to swim again through other jungles
such spectacles at night
moving in a breathless flight.
Works inspired by virtual visits
Found prose poem from a blog post about the museum
If I had the nose to live in the dust, the General would not be me who would then complain about the ecology and everything possible to speculate and involuntary, so this is my favorite aquarium. Only one club tent in the middle, no glattgeschliff'nes glass, brown algae covers in just outside. And then it would dawn and gush to the ceiling. -- Wonnegrausen [Google translation from German]
Alchemy-based collages by Lloyd Thomas, part one and part two.
Eclectic art from "she who sits in weeds" (Katherine Clemens)
The original inspiration for much of my work came from stumbling across the 'zymoglyphic museum'
"Decay", a digital painting by Natalie Askew
"Flotsam", art based on sea-worn rocks by Dan Payne
TaleJam #2 - Mysterious Object
The museum's "Rainbow Jewel from Another Planet" provides inspiration for a story writing project
A pocket museum
A fish diorama