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Eat the collection

July 4th, 2013 by

Eat the Collection: Late night lounge. Digital printing of chocolate objects.

This photograph was taken during a recent ‘Late Night Lounge’ event that we held at the Museum as part of the Vivid Festival. This is one of the chocolate installations created as part of the ‘Eat the Collection’ event that was created by Andrew Southwood-Jones and Kashin of Kink Studio. This event explored the evolving world of digital fabrication technologies and featured ten creative industry professionals – ranging from architects, industrial and graphic designers to artists and sculptors and they designed a new 3-D object, drawing inspiration from the Powerhouse Museum’s extensive collection. This was then printed using the 3D chocolate printer below.

Eat the Collection: Late night lounge. Digital printing of chocolate objects.

Lily Katakouzinos, Manager Contemporary Programs states:

3-D printing is simply another step in an already digitized design world. I know it wasn’t that long ago that a designer studio would have been a vast space with drawing boards, mock ups, models and all sorts of devices to articulate their design vision. Now you will see a designer at their computer the majority of the time – even for research and inspiration. This is why a project like this is so appealing. It’s a chance to be playful and creative. And for many of the designers, it was a chance to get down to the Museum’s basement and be inspired and motivated by the hundreds of thousands of incredible things stored in the Museum’s collection. When we took the designers down to the basement, it was like letting kids loose in a candy store. They were so excited by objects made in traditional ways and with different means – especially in this highly digitized world. So yes, the design world is definitely digital – but designers are still influenced, inspired and thrilled by the real.

Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski
License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic

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