MAD MUSEUM PRESENTS FIRST IN-DEPTH EXHIBITION ON DIGITAL FABRICATION

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'Out of Hand' 3rd floor installation view (photo by Ed Watkins)

‘Out of Hand’ 3rd floor installation view (photo by Ed Watkins)

By now, almost anyone with a pulse has heard of 3D printing – although judging by many overheard conversations is still a nebulous concept to many. In an attempt to demystify digital fabrication as a whole, MAD Museum presents Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.

Organized by MAD curator Ron Labaco, Out of Hand is the first major museum exhibition to focus on contemporary design made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production. From the more ‘traditional’ methods of CNC milling and laser cutting to new additive processes such as 3D printing, laser sintering, and digital weaving, the exhibit presents an array of cutting edge technologies and techniques used by not only furniture and product designers but also jewelry and fashion designers, sculptors, ceramicists and architects.

Out of Hand spans three floors of the museum and features the pioneering work of over 80 international artists, designers and architects. The following is a selection of highlights from the 120+ objects on display:

"Self Portrait/Five Part" by Chuck Close uses an electronic loom to digitally weave over 17,000 colored threads (photo credit: Magnolia Editions)

“Self Portrait/Five Part” by Chuck Close is made from over 17,000 colored threads digitally woven on an electronic loom. (Photo credit: Magnolia Editions)

"Twisted Dump Truck" by Wim Delvoye (photo courtesy of Studio Wim Delvoye)

“Twisted Dump Truck (Counterclockwise — Scale Model 1:5)” by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is a beautifully intricate, Gothic-inspired display of nickel-plated lasercut stainless steel. (Photo credit: Studio Wim Delvoye)

 

Bone Armchair by Joris Laarman, made of cast marble resin (photo credit: Jon Lam)

“Bone Armchair” by Joris Laarman is made of cast marble resin and ground bone china. The concept for the chair’s design was realized with the aid of a computer algorithm based on the ability of the human skeleton to respond to external stimuli. (Photo by Jon Lam)

Knitted Wool and Cashmere Jacket from Control-C Collection, Fall/Winter 2009-2010 (photo courtesy of Peter Gehrke)

Knitted Wool and Cashmere Jacket from the Control-C Collection by Maglificio Miles, Fall/Winter 2009-2010. (Photo by Peter Gehrke)

"Brain Wave Sofa" by Lucas Maassen and Unfold derives its shape from an EEG of the designers’ brain wave patterns while they thought of the word “comfort.” The form is rendered in three dimensions in CNC-milled polyurethane foam and hand-upholstered in felt with traditional button-tufting. (Photo credit: Lucas Maassen and Unfold)

“Brain Wave Sofa” by Lucas Maassen and Unfold derives its shape from an EEG of the designers’ brain wave patterns while they thought of the word “comfort.” The form is rendered in three dimensions in CNC-milled polyurethane foam and hand-upholstered in felt with traditional button-tufting. (Photo credit: Lucas Maassen and Unfold)

Out of Hand will be on view at MAD until June 1, 2014.

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