Devonport Regional Gallery

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing The Future

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing The Future

Exhibition Dates: 1 October – 13 November 2016
Australian Design Centre touring exhibition
Opening Friday 30 September, 6 pm

The Devonport Regional Gallery proudly presents the Australian Design Centre’s touring exhibition, Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future, opening Friday 30 September 6 pm.

Shapeshifters is a playful exploration of 3D printing. It’s all about imagination, innovation and new methods of making, drawing on the high-tech and rapidly evolving world of 3D printers and fluid extrusion methodology.

What if 3D printing gave you the ability to design your own life? With clothes being printed from desktop computers and organs being manufactured in labs, this rapidly evolving technology continues to revolutionise design as we know it.

The designers and makers included in Shapeshifters all begin with a real world idea that is translated into a digital something – a piece of code, a CAD model or perhaps a verse of music – before being transformed into the final physical form. By experimenting with digital fabrication technologies, the designers build on their traditional modes of making to create something entirely new.

Featuring works by seven Australian and one international maker: Louis Pratt, Michael Eden, Lousje Skala, Ryan Pennings, Dr David Ackland, Lukasz Karluk and XYZ Workshop (Kae Woie Lim & Elena Low) the exhibition showcases works ranging from jewellery, furniture, prosthetics, and digital interactive sound works. The Australian Design Centre is Australia’s leading arts organisation dedicated exclusively to design. ‘We believe making and design is core to human endeavour. We connect audiences to creative practice by showcasing innovation in craft and design.’

Image: Michael Eden, A Twisted Oval Wedgwooldn’t Tureen, 2012, nylon and mineral coating. Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London.