DESIGN HUB LIMBURG I THE MACHINE Designing a New Industrial Revolution
Exhibition: THE MACHINE Designing a New Industrial Revolution
The industrial revolution was a revolution for engineers. Now designers are at the forefront of a new revolution. They are part of networks that enable them to develop new materials and systems, build their own machines, and seek new tools for production and distribution. These developments offer an alternative to mass production and open paths to a new economy and society.
New machines impact society. This is clearly highlighted in the area of Genk, with its history of being an industrial leading city in Flanders. The Machine shows how new machines in our lives and our society will shape the future. The concept of The Machine is in contrast with the industrial past of C-mine as a former mining area, where the contemporary machinery marks Genk as one of the most prominent industrial cities of Flanders.
Design Hub Limburg presents The Machine, an interactive exhibition, accompanied by an extensive program with workshops, events and designers in residence. There will be a fashion workshop by DSGNRMRKT, a broad introduction into 3-D printing, and a workshop in collaboration with Fablab Genk around the hacking of everyday devices. A network evening will bring industry and designers together for an exchange about future business. In order to give an insight in the design process, a selection of designers will be invited for a residency at C-Mine.
- Christian Fiebig
The Machine. Historical Photos
Joong Han Lee – Haptic Intelligentsia (2011)
Haptic Intelligentsia - Bringing Craftsmanship Into a Computerized Technology
HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the virtual object and to directly transform it into the physical. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved onto a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object.
Without looking at the computer screen, the only way to visualise the virtual object is to pull the trigger and extrude the material along the feedback surface. The results are always unique and different, depending on how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. The sense of touch is no longer present in our current screen-based interface. HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA humanises the 3D printing process, giving the user a tactile relationship with the virtual object.
all images © joong han lee
Collective works by Mischer’traxler
This project was initially developed for the ‘W-hotels designer of the Future award’ exhibition at Design Miami/Basel 2011.
‘Collective works’ is a production process that functions only when people pay attention to the production machine. Responding to its audience, the process translates the flow of people into an object. The resulting outcome varies in colour and size in line with the level of interest during production.
‘Collective works’ also questions the relationship between man and machine. Viewers are turned into workers though their effort involves only the time they spend with the machine – but time is what most of us lack. Usually, many machines in factories need only a single technician to monitor production; in this work, a single machine needs various viewers to produce colourful results.