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Out of Hand

New curated exhibition explores the future of design and manufacturing technology, Architecture & Design, nd


Barry X Ball 5, Envy Image: courtesy of Barry x Ball Studio

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney is hosting a an exhibition this September to showcase a curated collection of over 90 artworks and objects materialised using new digital technologies and the world’s best design practices.

Designed for visitors to experience the future of design and manufacturing technology, Out of Hand is curated by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) and the Museum of Art and Design, New York (MAD).

Opening on 3 September 2016, the Out of Hand exhibition will highlight designs created by technologies disrupting traditional manufacturing practices such as 3D printing, digital knitting and CNC machining.

MAAS Director, Dolla Merrillees says the exhibition has resonance across many industries.

According to Ms Merrillees, the exhibition offers a look into technologies and techniques that may have been considered futuristic once but are now becoming available for use at home. The collaboration with the Museum of Art and Design in New York provided MAAS with the opportunity to explore the boundaries of design and manufacturing practice, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region.

MAAS curator, Matthew Connell says the exhibition gives visitors a glimpse into the future. Observing that the technology and design on display in Out of Hand will shape tomorrow’s world, he added that visitors can experience new technologies and discover how their applications will impact their future lives.

Some of the exhibits at Out of Hand include the world’s first 3D printed jet engine, created in Australia by Monash Advanced Manufacturing and demonstrating the capacity for a vastly superior performance-to-weight ratio compared to existing jet engines, and examples of 3D printed clothing including a Michael Schmidt design originally modelled by Dita Von Teese.

The exhibits will also include works showcasing how digital technology can record and reinterpret ancient artworks, unrealised designs and fossils without tampering with them, used to dramatic effect in the reimagining of Umberto Boccioni’s 1913 Futurist work, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space by American artist Barry X Ball’s Perfect Forms. The most recent MAAS acquisition, the Iris van Herpen Bubble Dress from the AW2016 collection, which uses wearable mirrors to create the illusion of moving bubbles, will also be on display.

Out of Hand opens during the annual Sydney Design Festival, which celebrates the best of design and runs at venues across Sydney from 2 – 11 September.

Exhibition details:

Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital will be held from 3 September 2016 until June 2017 at the Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007.


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