The Long Exposure

Geoffrey Mann (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


The research investigated an exploration into the unique capabilities of Direct Manufacturing through 3D printing and to create otherwise intangible visualisations of the unpredictable behavior of natural organisms. The output forms a series of work entitled The Long Exposure series whose central theme of capturing the transient beauty of time and motion features the tangible trace of bird and moth trajectory investigated and developed themes explored in the work of such prominent historical and contemporary practitioners as Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton and Jonathan Shaw.

The project narrated and captured, in visual form, the trajectory of a bird and moth. Each subject was tracked in controlled environments through a series of 3D motion sensors. The bird was recorded flying from point to point and the moths erratic trajectory in relation to the stimulus of a static light-source. This data was then transferred into a digital file that created sinuous 3D extrusions that where materialized through the exploration of the new models of manufacturing.

The output addresses the field of Design Art though exhibited at MoMA New York piece resonated with professional and the general public. The research pushed the possibilities of 3D printing through context, process and critical awareness.

The output, Attracted to Light, was included in the 2008 Museum of Modern Art New York exhibition, Design and the Elastic Mind curated by Paola Antonelli. The output, Flight, was included in the 2010 Estorick Collection exhibition, On the Move: Visualising Action and was presented alongside Italian Futurists Giacomo Balla and Umberto Boccioni and pioneers of motion photography Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey. Further exhibitions included Digitaler Formenschatz, Munich; The International Bombay Sapphire Awards, Milan; European Glass Context, Denmark; Talente; Munich, Tatorte; Passagen, Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize, London and Applied Design, MoMA New York.

Both outputs have been acquired for public collections. Attracted to Light to the Museum of Modern Art New York Architecture and Design Collection and Flight to Norwich Castle Museum. The outputs where awarded the World Craft Council Prize for Glass in 2008 and the Jerwood Contemporary Makers Prize in 2009. The research was published within Digital by Design: Crafting Technology for Products and Environments by Troika and Limited Edition: Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture by Sophie Lovell.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMuseum of Modern Art, New York, USA (‘Design and the Elastic Mind’); Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, UK ('On The Move: Visual­ising Action'); Digitaler Formenschatz, Munich, Germany plus 6 others
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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