Before Dark Matter


May 31, 2013 — September 8, 2013
Houston Center for Contemporary CraftHouston, Texas

May 16 – August 24, 2014
Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, North Carolina

CTRL+P was curated by Anna Walker (Houston).

Recent economic reports speculate that a third industrial revolution, shaped by digital technologies, is underway. This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) investigates the implications of such technologies on the making of sculptural and functional objects in the 21stcentury.  Ctrl + P, on view May 31 – September 8, in the small gallery,features work by several contemporary artists who use open-source programs and 3D printers to conceptualize and create in revolutionary ways.

Using digital technology as a tool to create is not new to all artists, but only in recent years have open-source programs, computer-aided design programs and 3D printers become more available and affordable to the average maker.  HCCC Curator, Anna Walker, is eager to present work that shows the potential of using such technologies.  Walker explains, “By sourcing their designs from online creative commons, the artists featured inCtrl + P question issues of shared authorship, decentralization of labor, and the possibility of making entire industries available to the individual. Given that the late 20th century, in many ways, emphasized and celebrated the role of the individual maker, Ctrl + P explores how these technologies will contribute to the widespread embrace of communal authorship in the future.”

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Many thanks to Anna Walker for including our efforts into the exhibition.