Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age

March 4 - June 26, 2016

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

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Joris Laarman [Dutch, b. 1979]
Maker Chair (Diagonal Wood), 2014
Black and white maple
30.71 x 23.62 x 25.59 inches
78 x 60 x 65 cm
Edition of 16

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Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age
March 4 – June 26, 2016


Today's makers have access to a wider array of tools, materials, and processes than ever before. Digital methods such as scanning and imaging, coding, CNC-milling, and rapid prototyping not only influence the way objects are designed, manufactured, and distributed, but also change the terms of our relationships with them.

 

Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age will showcase works by 30 international and local makers situated at the intersection of the digital and the analogue worlds. These artists, craftspeople, and designers excel in material practices that span millennia of craft traditions, while drawing on cutting-edge digital tools to develop innovative ways of making. The integration of these atoms and bytes, building blocks of matter and information, generates the new forms and typologies that shape our changing world.

 

Through the presentation of works that embody mergers of traditional and digital processes and materials, Atoms + Bytes reframes the conversation about the place of technology within the historical trajectory of object-making and offers an invitation to reevaluate the way we place value on craft and define "hand-made."

 

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