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 of this research was titled Shine that investigated the reflective properties of a metallic object; in this case the subject was a Victorian candelabra. The reference information was generated through documenting the reflection by using raw data via a planar 3D scanner. When scanning a metallic object the laser beam is unable to distinguish between the surface and the reflection. The spikes represent the intensity of the reflection.
Shine is a project that considers an object, its interpretation, misinterpretation and reproduction back to object. When we look at Shine, we need to consider the notion of what is a ‘correct’ reproduction. Sculptors and artists have had the opportunity to explore interpretation and abstraction and Shine carries on this tradition in the digital world where high resolution precision has been disrupted using the nature of the materials and processes themselves.
The output addresses the wide spectrum of art, craft and design practitioners and questions how people perceive technologically crafted objects.
The output was included in the Crafts Council England touring exhibition, LabCraft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft’, curated by Max Fraser which attracted over 50,000 visitors across a 9 venue UK tour over a 2 year from 2010 - 2012. The exhibition presented an exciting extension to the maker’s toolbox by showcasing a variety of items that utilise digital technologies, wholly or in part, in pursuit of pioneering new outcomes. The output was included in the Victoria & Albert exhibition, Power of Making which attracted over 300,000 visitors over a 4 month period in 2011. The exhibition was a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world to present a snapshot of making in our time. The output will be shown Museum of Art & Design New York, Out of Hand; Materializing the Postdigital. The exhibition will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. The Craft Council England acquired the piece for their permanent collection in 2010.
Mann has been invited to speak Internationally regarding this body of research including SoFA New York, Agents of the 3D Revolution in Johannesburg and Pacific Northwest College of the Arts Portland.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCrafts Council England touring exhibition taking in nine venues over two years, starting at Tent London, London Design Festival (‘LabCraft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft', 2010); V & A Museum, London, UK ('Power of Making’, 2011)
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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