The art and design world's 3D technology revolution is the star of a fascinating new show at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital is an extensive collection of sculptures, furniture and objects that illustrates the fantastical capabilities of digital modeling and printing. The exhibition is the first of its kind in the world to explore the pioneering works of 80 artists, architects and designers who have embraced 3D printing, scanning and imagery to push their work forward into the postdigital age.
The Out of Hand collection includes revolutionary pieces by design and art masters such as Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones and Anish Kapoor that date back to the dawn of 3D technology just a decade ago. The cohesive exhibition shows how digital fabrication – from 3D printing to 3D scanning, CNC machining and digital knitting – have influenced artists and designers, and enabled them to change their way of thinking, opening a door for new opportunities and expression with their design.
Intricate sculptural artworks are complemented by 3D-printed fashions, including the first 3D-printed dress which was worn by burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. Replicated 3D-scanned objects accompany 3D-printed chairs, while active 3D printers set to work to show visitors their processes.
Along with the extensive collection, the Museum of Art and Design will also offer a bevy of educational programming, including a hands-on lab right within the exhibition itself. Children ages K-12 will be invited to introductory workshops, while adults can fine-tune their 3D printing and software skills, or attend an Intro to 3D Design class.
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