FEMUFACTURE: Japanese and Australian Design
This exhibition will bring together Japanese and Australian artists who work in the hybrid space between traditional crafting techniques and contemporary digital fabrication technologies. FEMUFACTURE features new works by contemporary practitioners Masako Ban, Rina Bernabei and Kelly Freeman, Belinda Dunstan, Tricia Flanagan, Aki Inomata, and Erina Kashihara.
The works exhibit a blend of digital and analogue making techniques, with attention given to the hand of the maker and the mark of the digital. The cross-cultural blend of artists brings critical interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives on the future of manufacturing and crafting and the role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, fashion, design and architecture.
This exhibition explores new modes of making evolving from deep-seeded traditional and culturally-embedded technical skills across different mediums; including weaving, wood turning, paper cut, knit, wearables, indigo dying, silversmithing; mashed together with techno crafting, generative coding, rapid prototyping technologies, 3D printing, CNC machining and robotics. In this way visitors experience the future of design, defining new possibilities understandings and expectations.
Image: Masako Ban, Honeycomb. Image courtesy of the designer © Masako Ban.