Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital opens today at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, featuring over 80 digital-dependent artists. (Apparently we're already post-digital--if you haven't caught up with digital yet, just skip it.) Self-Portrait/Five Part, 2009. Chuck Close. Jacquard Tapestry, digital weaving.

This cream of the futuristic crop challenges our assumptions about what's possible in art, design, architecture, fashion, sculpture, furniture, and transportation, and anticipates the next chapter.
Untitled (5), 2008
Richard Dupont
Pigmented cast-polyurethane resin
Courtesy of Cheryl Gold

Out of Hand is the first major museum exhibit to focus exclusively on the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by the advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication.
Rapid Racer, 2011
Andreas Schulz , Barbara Kotte, Johannes Zäuner, Rebecca Wilting, and Nicolas Eggert
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
Courtesy of HAWK

The Nike Vapor Laser Talon cleat, 2013. The shoe has the first 3-D printed plate and is designed to make you run like a velociraptor.
Shane Kohatsu
Synthetic thermoplastic polyurethane textile upper, cubic dipped and painted nylon plate; laser sintering

Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial "Smoke" coffee table (2012) is designed to mimic water. It looks like it could dissolve into a puddle at any second.
Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher
polished plexiglass
Courtesy of David Gill Galleries Ltd.

The exhibition, on view until July 6, 2014, is supplemented by in-gallery interactive stations, workshops, lectures, and a series of master classes featuring the exhibited designers and technology. Here, the Bone armchair, 2008, 3-D printed in one smooth piece.
Joris Laarman
Cast marble resin
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and the artist

K.179, 2011
Frank Stella
Epoxy resin, stainless steel tubing, lacquer
Courtesy FreedmanArt, New York

The Twisted Dump Truck, 2011, fuses Gothic cathedral architecture with the design of a truck swerving off the road.
Wim Delvoye
Nickel-plated lasercut steel
Courtesy of Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad/St. Moritz

Volume.MGX Lamp, 2009
Dror Benshetrit
Polyamide; laser sintering Made by .MGX by Materialise

Hyphae lamps, 2011
Nervous System
Series of arboreal pendant lamps
Nylon, Laser Sintering
Courtesy of Nervous System

Rapidprototypedshoe, 2010
Marloes ten Bhömer
Photopolymer
Courtesy of Marloes ten Bhömer

Brain Wave Sofa, 2010, 3-D printed from an image of a brain scan.
Lucas Maassen and Unfold
Polyurethane foam, felt, wood, computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling

Clone chair, 2005
Julian Mayor
Plywood

KENT PELL, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury and Company

Bust of Lady Belhaven (after Samuel Joseph), 2011
Stephen Jones
Epoxy resin, nylon; stereolithography, laser sintering

KENT PELL, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury and Company

Oh Void 1, 2006
Ron Arad
Acrylic
Courtesy of Friedman Benda

KENT PELL, Courtesy of Phillips de Pury and Company

ML622254434732323, 2012
Christopher Bathgate
Aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, brass; computer numerical control (CNC) milling

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16 Mind-Blowing Designs That Digital Fabrication Made Possible

3-D printed dresses, Laser Vapor Talon shoes, and a Twisted Dump Truck: Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, a new exhibit at MAD, presents the work of 80 cutting-edge digital-dependent artists.

Artists' mediums have evolved dramatically since the days of ye olde paint brushes and pencils. It won’t before long before art school curricula include 3-D printing, CNC machining, and digital knitting (grandmas of the future unite). Until now, no major museum exhibit has focused exclusively on the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by the advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication.

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital opens today at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. (Apparently we're already post-digital -- if you haven't caught up with digital yet, just skip it.) Organized by MAD curator Ron Labaco, this ambitious exhibition presents the work of more than 80 international designers and artists, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine. This cream of the futuristic crop challenges our assumptions about what's possible in art, design, architecture, fashion, sculpture, furniture, and transportation, and anticipates the next chapter.

Ron Arad, Oh Void 1, 2006 Credit: Erik and Petra Hesmerg

On view is Softkill Design’s prototype for a 3-D printed house, which, the designers say, is “not that far off” from becoming a reality. Zaha Hadid’s “liquid glacial smoke coffee table” mimics cloudless water, adorned with frozen whirlpools connected to icicle-like legs. It appears on the verge of dissolving into a puddle at any second. Nike’s Vapor Laser Talon cleat sounds like it’s from Star Wars and might as well be; it’s made by Selective Laser Sintering technology, uses the sport’s first 3-D printed plate--the bottom part of the shoe that includes the cleats--and is designed to make you run like a velociraptor. Lucas Maassen and Unfold’s wiggly Brainwave Sofa, modeled after a brain scan, fuses modern neuroscience breakthroughs with digital fabrication. Other highlights include Chuck Close’s digitally woven self-portraits; Wim Delvoye’s gothic-cathedral inspired Twisted Dump Truck; and Iris Van Herpen’s 3-D printed “digital escapism” dresses.

The exhibition, on view until July 6, 2014, is supplemented by in-gallery interactive stations, workshops, lectures, and a series of master classes featuring the exhibited designers and technology.

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