OUT OF HAND! MATERIALIZING THE POSTDIGITAL AT MAD

Incorporated was asked to design the exhibition for the Museum of Arts and Design’s “Out of Hand: Materializing the Post-Digital” which explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods digital fabrication. Working from the concept of scaleless digital space, an a priori to design within the computer, the exhibition rendered in all black with ephemeral flat-pack acrylic legs that were built on the cross shaped tics of an anonymous grid the organized the space.

Untitled (5), 2008, by Richard Dupont | 3D-printed dress for Dita Von Teese by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti
Untitled (5), 2008, by Richard Dupont | 3D-printed dress for Dita Von Teese
by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti

The exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) features more than 120 examples of sculpture, jewellery, fashion and furniture that demonstrate different uses for computer-assisted production methods.

Twisted Dump Truck (Counterclockwise, Scale model 1:5), 2011, by Wim Delvoye
Twisted Dump Truck (Counterclockwise, Scale model 1:5), 2011, by Wim Delvoye

All of the pieces on show have been created in the past decade by artists, architects and designers including Zaha HadidAnish KapoorJoris LaarmanDaniel Libeskind and Marc Newson.

Liquid Glacial "Smoke" Coffee Table, 2012, by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher. Image is by Jacapo Spilimbergo
Liquid Glacial “Smoke” Coffee Table, 2012, by Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher. Image is by Jacapo Spilimbergo

In keeping with the Museum of Arts and Design’s curatorial policy there is a focus on experimental uses of materials and technologies in art and industry, rather than products designed for the mass market. “Many practitioners used multiple digital manufacturing techniques as part of their process,” Labaco told Dezeen. “An interesting dialogue emerges between works that are created using different technologies.”

3D printed plastic house will be assembled "in a day"
3D printed plastic house will be assembled “in a day”

Some new works produced specially for the exhibition will also be presented, including a 4.5-metre-tall digitally-scanned mask of artist Richard Dupont.

Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009, by Dror Benshetrit. Image is by .MGX Materialise
Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009, by Dror Benshetrit. Image is by .MGX Materialise

Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to try out technologies including computer-aided modelling software and 3D printers, while designers-in-residence will be on hand to demonstrate some of the processes.

Bone Armchair by Joris Laarman
Bone Armchair by Joris Laarman

Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to try out technologies including computer-aided modelling software and 3D printers, while designers-in-residence will be on hand to demonstrate some of the processes.

Lacquered Paper-Objects, 2012, by Nendo. Image is by Masayuki Hayashi
Lacquered Paper-Objects, 2012, by Nendo. Image is by Masayuki Hayashi

The Museum of Arts and Design announced last month that it has appointed Glenn Adamson as its new director. Adamson had been head of research at the V&A, where he co-curated the 2011 exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 to 1990.

Clone Chair, 2005, by Julian Mayor. Image is by Julian Mayor and Topaz Leung.
Clone Chair, 2005, by Julian Mayor. Image is by Julian Mayor and Topaz Leung.

“From sculptural fantasy to functional beauty to conceptual idiosyncrasies, the works of art in Out of Hand, all created in the past decade, demonstrate an explosive, unprecedented scope of artistic expression,” said curator Ronald T. Labaco.

Brain Wave Sofa, 2010, by Lucas Maassen and Unfold
Brain Wave Sofa, 2010, by Lucas Maassen and Unfold

“The cross-disciplinary nature of the work and the exploration of seemingly disparate themes and concepts allows for boundless creativity,” he added. “The exhibition puts these pioneering works in dialogue, highlighting at once their vast diversity and the trends and ideas that connect them.”