The role of technology in the arts has never been more significant. Computer Aided Design was a game changer and continues to develop apace, and more recently 3D printing and computer machining has opened up new possibilities in production. The emergence of this “digital fabrication” is explored in Out of Hand, a new book from Black Dog Publishing spanning the fields of art, architecture and design.
Edited by New York’s Museum of Arts and Design curator Ronald Labaco, Out of Hand looks at the work of artists and creative industry leaders such as Zaha Hadid, Ron Arad, Anish Kapoor and Barry X Ball. The book is organised around themes including mathematics and geometry, organic forms and cellular structure, historical decorative reboots, pattern and figuration. Examples from the book are being displayed at MAD, with related events including an introduction to 3D printing design and a session dedicated to 3D printing for sculpture. The exhibition runs until 1 June 2014, and more details about the accompanying events are available from the museum. The book is out now priced £24.95.