Advances in 3D printing techniques put us on the verge of a new industrial revolution. Renowned New York based gallerist and curator Murray Moss’s exhibition of ‘printed’ works wittily reference eight of the museum’s key pieces and spaces.
The London Design Festival hosted at the world’s greatest design museum the V&A present an exhibition/ collaboration with Belgian industry pioneers Materialise, who use cutting-edge laser and digital technologies applied to what is known as ‘additive manufacturing’ to ‘print’ three-dimensional objects. This is a sophisticated fabrication process once reserved for prototyping which is quickly becoming ubiquitous,’ says Moss. ‘3D printing is profoundly permeating all areas of our contemporary material world, including fashion and domestic furnishings, as well as transportation, medicine and architecture.’
The exhibition includes the Fractal. MGX table by Platform Studio and Mathias Bar, recently acquired by the V&A for its permanent collection. Created from a single piece of resin,
the design is based on growth patterns seen in nature, which can be described with mathematical algorithms. This object would be impossible to produce without 3D printing. It also includes a special reproduction of the museum’s 1827 bust of Lady Belhaven by renowned milliner Stephen Jones – to which he added a contemporary hat. The London Design Festival returns to the V&A for the third consecutive year. As well as hosting a series of exhibitions, talks and workshops, the V&A hosts 13 specially commissioned installation and includes some of 2011’s most important landmark projects.
Murray Moss will collaborate with Materialise, Belgium to create this special exhibition which pushes the parameters of 21st century 3D ‘printing’. A series of unique ‘printed’ works, using cutting edge laser and digital technologies to build three-dimensional objects, are placed throughout the Museum’s most important galleries, wittily referencing eight of the Museum’s key pieces and spaces. Among these ‘printed’ works, The Fractal.MGX table, recently acquired by the V&A for its permanent collection, is based on growth patterns seen in nature, which can be described with mathematical algorithms. This object is impossible to produce in any other manufacturing technique, and reinforces the growing bond between nature and mathematical formulas. Renowned milliner Stephen Jones has re-imagined, using computer scanning technology, a special reproduction of the Museum’s renowned 1827 bust of Lady Belhaven, adding, of course, a contemporary hat (Dorothy and Michael Hintze Sculpture Galleries).
From 6 September, Power of Making, a V&A and Crafts Council exhibition, will explore the universal nature of making by displaying the widest possible range of creativity with over 100 exquisitely made objects. The exhibition will provide a snapshot of making in our time with work on display including a ceramic eye patch, a fine metal flute, a life-sized crochet bear, handcrafted puppets, dry stone walling, a bamboo car, lion-shaped coffin, six-necked guitar, bio-implant embroidering to aid surgical implants, cake decorations and new technologies such as 3D printing.
The London Design Festival at the V&A programme will also include a site-specific installation in the Tunnel entrance, designed by Berlin-based, Israeli design outfit Betatank; a curated show of the best graduate talent from across the University of Arts London and a digital world brought to life by Beyond the Valley. There will also be a showcase of new acquisitions for the Museum with the money raised through the new Outset Design Fund to benefit the V&A, supported by the London Design Festival.
The V&A has also invited another five cultural figures to contribute to the V&A and Me Designer Maps series launched at last year’s Festival. Aimed to provide an inspirational and insightful tour across the collections, visitors will be led by choices from Tom Dixon, Lulu Guinness, Annie Lennox and A.S. Byatt.
There will also be a series of events at the Museum as part of the London Design Festival at the V&A. There will be a digital design hub at the Sackler Centre alongside a host of workshops, breakfast talks and seminars as well as housing a press and information centre for the Festival as a whole.
A series of design-performance events supported by Google will give insights into the cutting edge of design, innovation and technology. UK Trade and Investment will host a series of market-briefing sessions, providing UK design businesses with opportunities to engage with the vast array of international visitors and interests at the London Design Festival.
Opening times: 10.00 to 17.45 daily 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays
Ticket information: Free