Art Gallery

Hybrid Craft @ SIGGRAPH 2015

Human skills are diverse, but today’s design and creation processes often rely on automation rather than hand-held tools. Digital technology often reduces the need for manual labor, rather than extending it. As a result, traditional crafts are rapidly disappearing. Machines have replaced the craftsperson. Plastic has replaced wood. Programmable synthesizers have replaced acoustic instruments. Similarly, design as a whole may be arriving at an evolutionary impasse, due to the reduction of techniques that instill personal and evocative values, resulting in less meaningful, less natural, and less human artifacts.

The theme of the SIGGRAPH 2015 Art Gallery is Hybrid Craft, a showcase of craft techniques and values in contemporary digital design, such as digital technologies and hand-hewn craft, computer-aided design and manual tools, 3D printing and traditional carving, or digital signal-processing and traditional acoustic instruments. We will demonstrate a multi-directional exchange of knowledge between the new and the traditional, and we will visualize techniques to protect and preserve traditional practices. The gallery will emphasize the importance of craft heritage in contemporary digital design, where beautiful and meaningful artifacts are produced by machine and craftsperson together, not by a machine or by a craftsperson alone.

A special issue of Leonardo, The Journal of the International Society of the Arts, Sciences and Technology includes visual documentation of the works exhibited in the Hybrid Craft Gallery. Publication of this seventh special issue coincides with SIGGRAPH 2015.

Artwork and artists for the Hybrid Craft Gallery are selected by the Gallery Chair and not by a jury. The deadline for suggesting works or artists was 30 January 2015. Additional suggestions will not be considered.