It’s an inescapable development, examined in a recent proliferation of exhibitions including the Design Museum’s current The Future is Here show, and now Manchester is hosting its own exploration of futuristic design techniques.
The Language of Process show opens next week at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections, showcasing work from the likes of Marcel Wanders, Michael Eden and Assa Assuach.
Wanders’ piece is, somewhat disgustingly, inspired by snot. The designer has created a vase using a high-speed, microscopic digital scanner to digitally capture a single piece of snot as it was propelled through the air by a sneeze. The image of the tiny globule of mucous was then enlarge and hollowed out, before being 3D printed into vase form. It looks nicer than you might expect:
Designer Assa Assuach took an equally corporeal starting point in creating the Femur Stool, which was creating using a computer algorithm to generate the form and supporting strength of a human femur bone. The resulting design was 3D printed using laser sintering.
The puntastic Wedgwoodn’t Garntire by Michael Eden uses a rather more traditional starting point to create the series of tureens. The pieces echo the traditional forms of Wedgwood pottery, but are created using CAD modeling and 3D printing. Perforations along the surface look to emulate the internal structure of bone, referencing the bone china used in original Wedgwood pottery.
Show curator David Grimshaw says, ‘The landscape for design and making is changing, and with it the language of objects the work might surprise, delight or even offend, but it will challenge preconceptions of what is possible, and the future of product design.’
A series of events will take place around the exhibition during The Manchester Weekender art and culture festival from 10-13 October, including a guided tour and ‘hands on’ session.
The Language of Process runs form 23 September 20 December at Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, 3rd Floor, Sir Kenneth Green Library, Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints, Manchester, M15