Geoffrey Mann (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


The research investigates the exploration of the integration of new digital technologies into traditional craft processes enabling a new conceptual and material language definition. The output was titled Crossfire which examined the intangible characteristic of the spoken word though investigating the unseen affect of sound upon its inhabited environment.
The project centralizes around the context of a domestic argument. In this case the event samples an audio excerpt from the 1999 Sam Mendes Film ‘American Beauty’. The slow building dialogue between the three central characters family dinner climaxes with a sound clash of emotions. The cross-fire of the argument traverses the dinning table but where previously the inanimate everyday objects such as plates, cutlery and teapot were unable to express their character, the intensity of the conversation deforms their once static existence into objects of unseen familiarity. The presented artifacts each encapsulated a momentary emotion of the argument.
This research questions the current perception of craft and the crafted artefact through an output that combined the use of animation, rapid prototyping and traditional craft processes. The output addresses the wide spectrum of art, design and craft practitioners.
The output was included in the 2011 Museum of Modern Art exhibition, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects curated by Paola Antonelli which attracted over 427000 visitors. Further exhibitions included Prediction, Biennale International Design, Saint-Etienne, France, Digital Solid, Valenciennes Design Art School, Valenciennes, France, Curious Minds – New Approaches in Design, Jerusalem, Marking, Toyko, Lab Craft England and Electronical Conversations, La Panacée Montpellier.
The supporting animation was shortlisted for the International Vimeo Awards, judged by David Lynch. This output also formed the body for a successful application for a Creative Scotland Professional Development grant, £10,000 that commenced March 2011. The Cincinnati Art Museum (2011) and the Crafts Council England (2010) acquired the series for their permanent collection.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA ('Talk to Me: Design and The Communication Between People and Objects’); Biennale International Design, Saint-Etienne, France ('Prediction') plus 5 other exhibitions
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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