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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Contemp Art '14 Conference - Digital Wabi-Sabi - Exploring the Values of 'Imperfection' in CAD/CAM Based Making of Artifacts...



The Contemp Art '14 Conference in Istanbul has now concluded… It was a great pleasure to attend, hear many a worthy presentation, and meet interesting individuals, from all around the world.

Included below is my submission abstract:

Digital Wabi-Sabi - Exploring the Values of 'Imperfection' in CAD/ CAM Based Making of Artifacts

Author: Thomas Modeen PhD

Abstract

There's something tactile, seductive, almost endearing about some of the process-based 'failures' or mistakes that occasionally occur in something fabricated through digital means. Such faux-pas are seldom acknowledged, or are quickly brushed under the carpet, in most discussions relating to things made through either subtractive, additive, or even formative methods of CAD based making. The CAD-CAM (Buildware) methods are, after all, supposed to bring forth a new dawn of projects and work that allow and provide means for artists, architects and designers to retain control of their work from conception to conclusion, and do so through an optimized process in which logistical faults, omissions and inaccuracies are minimized, if not removed. For most of us who use such means daily, however, the 'misprints' are the norm rather than the exception.

This presentation will provide a case for celebrating such aforementioned deviations. It will demonstrate, through showing a number of related projects, that there is an inherent craft component in CAD-CAM based fabrication processes (an allowance for a subjective interpretation) that, in their own right, routinely catalyze (form based, textural, various sensorial) outcomes affecting and resulting in more dynamic and multi-faceted designs.

Presentation in action (Photo by Jesse Payne)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

VCUQatar MFA & BFA Graduate Exhibition, Doha...


We're having our (MFA & BFA) Graduate Exhibition taking place here at VCUQ starting on May 4 (formal opening begins at 6.30 pm) and lasting for about a month… 

Lots of worthy and interesting work to see… 

Good times… 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Strange Wonders Exhibition at the Msheireb Center, Doha…

The banners outside the floating exhibition pavilion...

This coming Sunday, April 13, at the Msheireb Center, located at the Westbay end of the Corniche, is the opening of the Strange Wonders exhibition, showing the work of VCUQatar faculty…  

We'll be exhibiting some of the 'Meat & Bone' 3D Printed (FDM) pieces… 

For more info about the event please click here… 

Random Images from a Middle-Eastern Art & Design School - Set VIII - VCUQatar, Doha...