[ARTIST TALK] DIGITAL CERAMICS: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN DR FLORIAN KNOTHE AND DR TOBIAS KLEIN
Transferring the qualities of cultural craftsmanship from Chinese Ceramics to digital manufacturing and 3D printing
Date: Saturday, 27 June 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue has been changed to Liu Haisu Gallery, 1/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Please enter via the Fung Ping Shan Building and not the T.T. Tsui Building entrance.
Cost: Free admission, all are welcome.
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Meeting ID: 962 3339 0536
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Digitalisation transforms the way in which a society perceives and respects the field of Arts & Crafts. In 2012, 3D printing was described in the Economist as being a disruptive technology equal to the impact of the Industrial Revolution. In June 2018, Chinese scientists achieved the 3D printing of ceramics in microgravity using lunar dust. This feat continues thousands of years of exploration in the use of new materials, novel craftsmanship methods, and technological innovation within the development of Chinese ceramics.
Chinese ceramics are an art form renowned the world over for their technical sophistication, beauty, and wide-spread cultural influence. For thousands of years, Chinese potters have experimented with clay and engineered artefacts that exemplify a cultural high point in each era. Today, Chinese ceramics continue to play a crucial cultural role on the international art scene. The market looks towards China for art, and new technologies used in innovative applications.
In this field, 3D printing is not yet used to innovate, but to replicate sections of damaged artefacts or entire pieces based on 3D scans of the originals. The resulting surrogates are often criticized for their inauthenticity. If used only as a technology for replication, 3D printing currently seems unable to transfer the essential aspects of craft and material ontologies of cultural artefacts, such as tool marks, material haptics or patina—the so-called aura of cultural objects made by hand and the discourse about the emergence of a Digital Craftsmanship.
Dr Tobias Klein
Born in Bonn, Germany, Tobias Klein is a German Artist/Architect. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong.
Klein’s combined artistic and architectural works construct the emerging practice of Digital Craftsmanship, through which he has established an operational synthesis of digital and physical materials and tools as poetic (Poïesis) and technical (Technê) expressions. Klein’s works are based on the use of contemporary CAD/CAM technologies with site and culturally specific narratives, intuitive non-linear design processes, and historical cultural references.
His work has been exhibited internationally at the London Science Museum, the V&A, the Venice Architectural Biennale, the Science Gallery (Melbourne), the container (Tokyo), the Bellevue Arts Museum, the MoCA Taipei, and the Museum of Moscow and Museum of Vancouver. His works are also found in the permanent collection of China’s first 3D Print Museum in Shanghai, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma (USA), and the Antwerp Fashion Museum (MoMu).
Dr Florian Knothe
Dr Florian Knothe teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th century with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture. He has long been interested in the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion. Dr Knothe worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and on European and East Asian glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, before his current position as Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery at HKU.
Image: Vessels of Vanitas II, Tobias Klein, 2016, Resin (white), 3D print (Stereolithography Apparatus SLA), Edition of 3, 75 x 25 x 40 cm. © Tobias Klein