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Vespers by Neri Oxman and her team at Design Museum (London, England)

‘Vespers’ is the latest addition to Stratasys’ ‘The New Ancient’ collection and will be unveiled at the ‘Fear and Love’ exhibition at London’s Design Museum (24 November 2016 – 23 April 2017)

VESPERS, Mask 5, Series 2, 2016. Designed by Neri Oxman and her team as part of “The New Ancient” Collection by STRATASYS and 3D Printed on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. Photo credit: Danielle van Zadelhoff

VESPERS, Mask 3, Series 2, 2016. Designed by Neri Oxman and her team as part of “The New Ancient” Collection by STRATASYS and 3D Printed on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef

– Stratasys (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announces the official launch of ‘The New Ancient’ 3D printed art and design collection. The collection includes ‘Vespers’, a series of exploratory 3D printed death masks, designed by Neri Oxman and her team, which will be unveiled to the public at the grand reopening of London’s Design Museum next week. Oxman combines design and computation to produce the masks which, in a landmark breakthrough, emulate the resolution and complexity that is usually only found in nature.

Oxman, along with her team members – Christoph Bader, Dominik Kolb, Rachel Smith, and Sunanda Sharma of the Mediated Matter Group – led the creation of Vespers. Comprising 15 masks in three sub-series, Vespers portrays the past, present and future, and explores the themes of past worlds and future technologies. “Made of a single material, such as wax or plaster, the death mask has historically originated as a means of capturing a person’s visage, keeping the deceased ‘alive’ through memory,” explains Oxman. “Vespers’ death masks, however, are designed to reveal cultural heritage and speculate about the perpetuation of life, both cultural and biological.”

“Vespers’ designs are entirely data driven, digitally generated, 3D printed, and – at times – biologically augmented,” Oxman continues. “By pushing the boundaries of cusp technologies – such as high-resolution material modelling, full color multi-material 3D printing, and synthetic biology – they express the death mask’s deeper meanings and possible future use, thus bringing it back to life.”

Rebirth is embodied in the third sub-series of masks, called ‘Future’. Perhaps the most ground-breaking of the trilogy, the final sub-series engages with synthetic biology to explore whether the death mask can drive the formation of new life, repositioning the objects as habitats capable of interfacing with living microorganisms. Devoid of cultural expressions and nearly colorless, the final five masks ‘re-engineer’ life by guiding living microorganisms through minute spatial features of the artefacts.

“The Vespers masks were photographed by Belgian photographer, Danielle van Zadelhoff, whose particular photography style characteristic of Chiaroscuro is reminiscent of Caravaggio and Rembrandt – resonating with the theme of timelessness as portrayed throughout the series,” explains Kaempfer.




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9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Revisited 1966/2016 (London, England)

On Friday 7 October 2016, exactly fifty years after the legendary 9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering, Arts Catalyst revisits this hugely influential art event with a new performance commission by Robert Whitman, participating artist in the original 9 Evenings and co-founder of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) who produced it. An accompanying exhibition, talks and events programme will be held at Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology and other venues across the city, developed in collaboration with Afterall and students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno: Anywhen (London, England, UK)

The Turbine Hall is transformed into an immersive experience, challenging your perception of time and space

Prepare to have your senses activated and stimulated by a spectacular choreography of acoustics, sound lighting, flying objects and film, each connected to the other and playing their part in a far bigger score. Tate’s Turbine Hall becomes a universe of inter-related and connected events and parallel realities. Events will unfold anywhen.

Anywhen is a site-specific exhibition that changes throughout the day and that will evolve during the six-month period of the commission. The exhibition is conceived as an automaton which guides the public through a constantly changing play of moving elements, light configurations and sound environments. The artist states that ‘the exhibition is a construction of situations or sequences in a non-linear narrative’.

The commission responds to the Turbine Hall’s position at the centre of the museum, an open space connected to the city itself. The artist combines aspects of chance and control: the sequences of events are triggered by software which is informed by micro-organisms. These react to and activate elements of the commission through a bioreactor visible at the far end of the Turbine Hall.

2016 Lumen Prize Winners’ Gala, Seminar & Show (London, England)

Join us on September 29th, 2016 for the Big Reveal at London’s trendy Bl-NK, the city’s coolest venue for digital events, located just a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, at 27 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3LT.

The day will include a half-day seminar on digital art, installations of the 2016 shortlist, refreshments, and, of course, the announcement of the prizes worth $11,000. Come and meet the winners & shortlisted artists, see their work in action and catch up with past winners, members of the Jury Panel, and the Lumen team.


Merge Festival 2016 (London, UK)

Planning is well underway for the 2016 MERGE Festival programme, taking place from 23 September – 23 October for the sixth year in Bankside.

MERGE is the annual arts, music and performance festival where artists draw upon the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside, London.

A Curious Turn: Moving, Mechanical Sculpture (London, England)

An exhibition of moving mechanical sculpture

Automata are sculptures which are brought magically to life through a sequence of cogs, cams, cranks and levers. For centuries they have delighted and bewitched people.

A Curious Turn features automata from the leading makers of the last 40 years, ranging from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical. We will be previewing 15 objects from this new exhibition at Platform Gallery, Habitat from 15 September – 2 October.

Visitors will be able to turn, push and crank to see many of the pieces in action, while other pieces will have films to show them in motion. Amongst many others some key makers and automata promoters explored in the exhibition are Sam Smith, Paul Spooner, Melanie Tomlinson, Ron Fuller and Sue Jackson.

The full exhibition will soon be going on tour so watch this space!

The Future of 2016 (London, England)

The Future Of 2016 is a new talk series where 7 leading artists and designers share their thoughts on the near and far future. Taking place in the UK’s most advanced venue, Flux, be prepared to be inspired and challenged in equal measure.

Brought to you by Propela, here is our amazing line up

Lucy McRae on The Future Of Health
Caroline Till on The Future of Making
Leyla Acaroglu on The Future of Sustainability
Ido Garini on The Future of Food
Margot Bowman on The Future of Art
Yifei Chai on The Future of Identity
Di Mainstone on The Future of Play
Caroline Hobkinson will create a VR installation with food

Deep Water Web (London, England)

Deep Water Web is a free exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery in London’s Finsbury Park, connecting opposite sides of the Earth to understand human impacts on the environment and the wider consequences for people living in both locations.

Artists Steven Ball (London, UK) and John Conomos (Sydney, Australia) have collaborated to present a multi-projection installation where London and Sydney are continuously connected across time zones. The exhibition is an immersive experience which the artists have termed a ‘hyperlandscape’ including real time streaming waterscapes and multiple local manifestations of global ecologies with their own sonic environments and narrated reflections.


The Art Conference 2016 (London, England)

Our inaugural conference debates, deconstructs and drives change on the subjects of social engagement through public art and how technology can enrich the experience of art and culture.

Each speaker has been chosen for the impacts they have made on the world, the insight they can bring to our collective social understanding and the knowledge they can impart and trade with a receptive audience.

Stories will be shared and new dialogue created during panel discussions designed to pair global talent with the brightest minds of the city, connecting those with creative potential and collaborative need.