British Ceramics Biennial

Press Print To Make

Ingrid sent me a brief that the BCB were doing to have some 3d printed ceramics done with a new experimental ceramic, powder at the festival by Michael Eden. I submitted my design and was told it would be put into the build.

I got an update from Michael and he sent over a picture, as well as updated his blog.12309159_10208072172063677_878194581_n

The material looks like it has no striations or flaws typical of extruder printers, which is a great step forward for ceramic printing. These are pre bisque so are in a green state.

I have been told i will be further updated when they have been bisque fired. EXCITED!

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Artist Statement – There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face

My work looks at how we represent and portray ourselves in a digital space. Ones portrayal of themselves in an online ecosystem is largely skewed, this is a feature of who they should be, never are the insecurities shown or the flaws revealed. Vulnerabilities such as these are how we define our best attributes and ultimately forge long lasting relationships.

I look at how the facets of ones self are greatly lessened when choosing what information to construct in the digital space, through 3D scanning a person, I digitally ‘decimate’ the facets their faces are made of thus abstracting there true self. This I feel is what would best visually represent ones online identity in a digital setting. The less facets to be seen, the less a person is truly showing of themselves.

This lack of true transparency amplifies our intentions. This intention to connect with others. The shape of this intention in my work is as simple as a primitive shape each unique to a person. Within this longing to connect an extrusion of that shape reaches out, and sometimes two shapes will meet and lock into each other, and a bond is formed.

The process of creating this work has been a hybrid approach crossing two diverse realities, bringing the digital into the physical, through 3D printing and 3D scanning. As well as utilising a traditional ceramic based approach. This is in combination of other materials such as bronze, pewter and resin casting, PLA and 3D printed wood.

#Postdigitalism

In looking for a masters course, I came across the term, “post digital” and further than that, “post Digital artist”. How is this defined?

#postdigitalism primarily refers to the exploration of new avenues dealing with the extraction of the digital into the physical, the result of which aims to create hybrid artworks. Artworks resulting from the cross between two diverse realities. That of the physical existence and that of the abstractness of the digital world.- Theo-Mass Lexileictous

I think this LITERALLY PERFECTLY describes my work and also what i enjoy, i think that this is where i want to go and how i want to practice and I would happily categorise myself as a postdigital artist, or at least maybe one day i could.

Finishing off the bronze masks

With my wax faces cast, I need to polish and clean them up. I worked on them, grinding the edges on a wheel until it was smooth and even.

I ground at the backs of the faces, because they didn’t have a clean fit to the ceramic. I worked them pretty hard the faces lost quite a bit of weight which was beneficial.

I sand blasted the pieces and filed the facets, to refine them. Next was to patina them. I did consider polishing them to a shine. But I thought a patina would work nicely with the bronze colouring.

The results after polishing with some steel wool.IMG_3852_2

Professional Practice – UK Masters and studios

UK

MSc Applied Technologies:Rapid Prototyping and Digital Technologies – London

The title of this course appears to be hitting the right cord for me. I find my self certainly very attracted to 3d printing and have used digital technology through out my degree.

This course I have found seems to really push that idea of 3d printing, and mainly that. I am wondering if that is right for me as it may not facilitate the cross disciplinary approach i am after in my work

http://www.ravensbourne.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/future-technologies-courses/msc-applied-technologies-rapid-prototyping-and-digital-technologies/

MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts – London

Application deadline – 2015

This course appears to be very similar To my maker course which isn’t a bad thing, i would hope it could facilitate an evolution of my current ability and thinking.

MA in Design Critical Practice – London

Excerpt from course descriptor:

‘On the MA in Design Critical Practice programme, we ask you to examine the ‘liquid times’ we are living in; examine a landscape of practices (from everyday to specialised) that are no longer solid but are being made fluid by rapid technological, social, political, economic developments and environmental change.

The MA in Design Critical Practice helps equip you to critically and imaginatively face the challenges of our contemporary world and future prospects.’

Tom Dixon

I really enjoy Tom Dixons work, mainly because there is such a celebration of material. I mean just such care and thought is given to the materials qualities. Its like the materials are his children and he’s asking them what they would like to be when they grow up. I would aspire to either work at this studio, or simply evolve from these ideas.

http://www.tomdixon.net/

Prop Shop

Prop shop make, props for big movies, and a range of media. all with the use of rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing as well as other mediums as well. I think they align well with my career path as I have experience in scenic theatre set making and design and I think i got quite good at it.

MAKER AND MATERIALS – Plymouth

Maker and Materials provides an opportunity for individuals to explore design ideas and develop them through an intimate knowledge of materials and making processes.

This course seems to really emphasise that material use as well as a focus on process. sounds like a great course choice.

http://www.madesign.org.uk/welcome/maker-and-materials/

MRes DIGITAL ART AND TECHNOLOGY – Plymouth

Digital art and technology is very interesting to me, I am wondering if i will actually produce a physical object though… still very interesting and a possiblility.

Immerse yourself in the world of emergent digital technologies. Integrating science, technology and art, we’ve created a multi-disciplinary, research-focused environment in which you can develop your own personal digital practice. From artists and designers to curators and musicians, our programme encourages critical discourse through the creative and innovative application of digital technologies.

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/mres-digital-art-and-technology