Nervous System on “Out of Hand” Exhibition @ Museum of Arts and Design, NYC #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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If you get the chance to attend the Museum of Art and Design‘s “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” exhibition in New York City, make sure you plot a course to take you by the three Nervous System Hyphae lamps in the collection. Here are some thoughts from the Nervous System team about the the show:

…Out of Hand is the first major museum exhibition to explore the impact of various digital fabrication technologies on human creativity. The exhibition underscores the phenomenon of artists using new technologies to manifest previously intangible digital designs. At the same time, the exhibition illuminates some of the ways digital fabrication is fundamentally altering both the process and the perception of artistic creation. The complexity of many of the pieces on display and the curatorial emphasis on fabrication push questions of manufacture and material to the forefront without offering much commentary on issues of aesthetics, meaning or history.

I found that the show’s focus on final objects and their manufacture had the effect of obscuring the time-consuming, demanding, and original digital design work that went into the pieces on display. Little attention is given to how artists use programming or digital modeling, which may inadvertently lend weight to the common misconception that now, in the age of digital design, computers are doing all the hard work for us….

…If the medium is the message, then the message of Out of Hand is clear: humanity is transitioning from a purely physical existence to something between physical and digital that offers us new, exciting, and sometimes unsettling options for how we do everything, including how we create art.

Check out the full post here for more details about the Hyphae lamps and the show itself.

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