Exploring the postdigital

December, 18 2013 10:00

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Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital. Installation View . PHOTO CREDIT: Ed Watkins



The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York is holding an exhibition that explores the impact of the latest technological advances in digital fabrication on contemporary art, architecture and design: we are talking about 3D technology applied to furniture, fashion and jewellery by 85 architects, designers and artists from 20 different countries.



Bone Armchair, 2008, Joris Laarman. Cast marble resin. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and the artist. PHOTO CREDIT: Jon Lam



With interactive installations and digitally created objects,  “Out of Hand: Materialising the Postdigital” features work by Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Chuck Close, Zaha Hadid, Anish Kapoor, Maya Lin, Marc Newson, Roxy Paine, Frank Stella, And Hiroshi Sugimoto among many others.



Hyphae Pendant Lamps, 2013. Nervous System. Courtesy of Nervous System. PHOTO CREDIT: Jessica Rosenkrantz



“The compelling works in Out of Hand expand audience understanding of the ways artists and designers from around the world are utilizing these new technologies to extend their artistic practice, revealing how these innovations are also transforming practices in manufacturing, healthcare, and other fields not readily associated with the contemporary art world,” said David McFadden, MAD’s William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator. “By examining these trends through the lens of artistic expression, MAD is opening up a dialogue on the significance of digital technologies to our larger culture and global society.”  



Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009. Dror Benshetrit. Polyamide; laser sintering. Made by .MGX by Materialise. PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of .MGX Materialise



On the second floor, the Museum is equipped with 3D printers, modelling software and computer monitors for visitors to experiment with and participate in the exhibition. With the help of in-residence designers, they can interact with this new technology and follow special workshops and educational programs that will deepen their understanding of postdigital technology.


The exhibition is open until June 1st 2014.



ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2011. Achim Menges and Jan Knippers. 6.5 mm birch plywood; computer numerical control (CNC) laser cutting. Courtesy of Achim Menges. PHOTO CREDIT: Achim Menges



Fully Articulated 3D-Printed Dress (as worn by Dita von Teese), 2013. Michael Schmidt with Francis Bitonti. Nylon, Swarovski crystal; laser sintering. Courtesy of Michael Schmidt. PHOTO CREDIT: Albert Sanchez; courtesy of Michael Schmidt Studios