L'Artisan Electronique by Unfold
For L’Artisan Electronique, Antwerp- based design studio Unfold created a virtual pottery wheel in collaboration with designer/artist Tim Knapen. This pottery wheel gives visitors a chance to virtually turn their own forms. At regular intervals, a selection of these designs is printed, with their DIY ceramic printer, in clay and exhibited in the space.
In L’Artisan Electronique, pottery, one of the oldest artisanal techniques for making utilitarian objects, is combined with new digital techniques. The virtual pottery wheel was realsied by means of a 3D-scanner and digital design software. However, the installation still clearly refers to the artisanal process of working in clay. The printing process imitates the traditional technique used by ceramicists, in which the form is built up by stacking coils of clay.
L’Artisan Electronique was an installation commissioned by Z33 Art Centre for the exhibition Design by Performance and the I Love Belgium team had the luck to try it out! And we have to admit, it's quite a clever project! To make it really clear we've added some videos, enjoy.
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Pictures by Kristof Vrancken , Liesje Reyskens, Unfold and Z33