Michael Eden: Tempus. Additive Manufacturing. Selective Laser. Sintering and 3d printing. Nylon, paper, ceramic.
Jonathan Hitchen: Untitled (Spiral Scratch). Digital print, laser etched watercolour paper.
Keith Brown: Deep Space. Digital print; 3D computer model output to large format hi-res inkjet print.


Seamless: The Digital in Design


An exhibition of works from Manchester School of Art, United Kingdom.

Before the opening, at 6 pm, Dr Annie Shaw will give a lecture entitled Digital Discourse in Design.

Manchester School of Art offers a broad suite of programmes, which have traditionally been delivered from a specialist perspective. It has always placed high value on the experience of making and the centrality of thinking through craft.

New technologies have changed the way design is conceived, developed and fabricated. Digital approaches open up new interdisciplinary networks that enable techniques and materials to migrate from one discipline to another. As a result established design boundaries such as fashion, product, graphics, media and architectural design are re-configuring and specialisms are breaking down.

In its 175th year a new school of Art building facilitates and embraces a discourse where inter-disciplinary research and craft skills are used to interrogate the gap between computation and making and where inter-technological digital approaches inform and advance fabrication, communication and manufacture.

Digital approaches enable the exploration and expression of previously impossible paradigms such as inter-dimensional, scale-less, repeat-less and seamless design. This shift is reflected in the diverse practice and research of the staff at Manchester School of Art with backgrounds in fashion, textile, 3-D, graphic, media, interior, and architectural Design, who are thinking through innovative engagement with interdisciplinary design, and inter-technological discourse. The most interesting new ideas take place at the intersections of practice and this can be evidenced in the research of members of the Design Research Centre within the School of Art and the impact it has on the students they influence.

This exhibition explores individual and collaborative responses to the concept of ‘Seamlessness’ with an emphasis on technology, materiality and fabrication. When combined with contextually and conceptually-driven approaches, these new and innovative contributions reposition design. It records, through practice a move towards a digitally driven methodology informed by craft and tacit knowledge.

The work shown in Seamless: the Digital in Design reflects this stance across a broad spectrum of media, approaches and use of technology. The gallery space in the un-modernised wing of the museum provides a perfect, ‘imperfect’ space within which to show digitally driven practice.

List of exhibitors
Louise Adkins, Kirsteen Aubrey, Mark Beecroft, Oliver Blank, Keith Brown, Fabrizio Cocchiarella, David Crow, Vanessa Cuthbert, Joe Duffy, Michael Eden, Robert George, Jon Hanann, Steve Hawley, Toby Heys, Saoirse Higgins, Jonathan Hitchen, Nigel Hurlstone, Hilary Judd, Alice Kettle Amanda Langdown, Joe McCullagh, Jane McKeating, Monomatic (Lewis Sykes, Ben Lycett & Nick Rothwell), Sally Morfill, CJ O’Neill, Alex Russell, Robert Saucier, Ulysses Sengupta, Annie Shaw, Huw Wahl

The exhibition in Slovenia has been prepared in partnership with British Council.


Exhibition opening:
Thursday, 19 September 2013, 7 pm

Lecture by Annie Shaw, 6 pm


T: 01 5484 274/270
E: infobio(at)mao.si

Website of the exhibition SEAMLESS


Manchester School of Art and MAO
in partnership with British Council