A cultural revolution is underway, and in the near future you could be drinking your morning coffee from a 3D-printed cup, riding to work on your self-assembled bicycle and cleaning your house with a DIY vacuum. The Adhocracy exhibition at Limewharf during the London Design Festival 2013 presents technological advances that are blurring the lines between designers and makers. Faced with 3D-printable weapons and self-destructing chairs, visitors are challenged to consider not just new ways of making, but also new ways of thinking about making.
The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution – from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing. OpenStructures provides a universal system for people to design, share and download plans for products. 3D printers make an appearance in the work of Stratigraphic Manufactury and Defense Distributed, which turn out everything from ceramics and souvenirs to guns. Other designs combine readily available parts with customized elements to leverage the possibilities of what can be made.
LimeWharf is a self-described “cultural innovation gallery and artistic laboratory” in East London that organizes residencies and exhibitions that encourage collaboration between artists and scientists. Originally curated by Joseph Grima, editor of Domus Magazine, for the first Istanbul design biennial in October 2012, Adhocracy was adapted for London by urban designer, futurist and Inhabitat.com contributor Thomas Ermacora. Adhocracy aims to engage individuals in a global conversation on the roles of creators, collaborators and consumers in the making of a brave, hopefully better, new world.
Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat