Handmade by Machines: Seized by the Means of Production
Has the relationship of technology to craft practice been altered in a digital age? What is the nature of this change and what opportunities are dawning? This exhibition will survey the current landscape on the interface between digital and manual craft and show the breadth of approaches taken by contemporary makers. A student exhibition will form a secondary strand that will focus on work by students across UK HE and FE institutions learning to use this technology as "digital natives".
Accompanying the exhibition, a symposium will be held on Wednesday 20 November that seeks to highlight and provoke discussion/debate on the implications/influence of technology in creative craft practice.
Handmade by Machines seeks to collate the most recent and cutting-edge thinking about the impact that digital technology has had on the craft world with a special focus on the way in which the technology has been seized by makers as a means of production, and the impact that this has had on what the term "hand-made" actually means. As the title of the symposium suggests, we recognise the tension between the late-capitalist and Marxist-Utopian politics inherent in this technology and are especially interested in hearing from makers and/or philosophers who are working in this area.
The symposium will be the inaugural event of the new Birmingham City University research cluster in art and design, Craft Cultures.