London Design Festival
This is a free event but booking is required. To confirm a place please follow the link below.
Material Anatomies in Design is the launch event for start-up design consultancy, OurOwnsKIN, founded by Designer Liz Ciokajlo and Artist Rhian Solomon.
Hosted in partnership with 3D print bureau, Digits2Widgets, this evening of talks, and displayed artefacts will probe the question – Can understanding our body’s material make up inspire product design for the future?
This subject will be explored from a multitude of perspectives including Design, Anthropology and 3D print.
Jonathan Rowley, Director of Digits2Widgets, will discuss the abilities and expectations of 3D print, emphasizing the paramount importance of the designers input in defining the future of 3D print and in advancing digital production processes. In short, the hardware can only attempt to give back whatever data it is fed. He will also discuss the roles of these technologies in representing forms for product manufacturing.
OurOwnsKIN (Ciokajlo and Solomon) will present outcomes from their recent project that has developed 3D printed footwear inspired by human foot skin structures. The duo will discuss the intimacy of the body with technology, emphasizing a need to build a deeper understanding of the body in order to digitally and intelligently design for it.
And Victor Buchli, Professor of Material Culture of UCL, will discuss the ways in which humans familiarise themselves with technologies, processes and products of 3D printing. In particular he will discuss how similar technologies in the past changed our relation to the material world and ourselves and how we might begin to understand these changes now.
The talks will conclude with a panel discussion and questions from the audience, followed by a short tour of Digits2Widgets print rooms, led by Jonathan Rowley.
An exhibition of OurOwnsKIN’s recent work will also be on display.