Art and Apparatus II

Participants from workshop Art and Apparatus I will gather in Ronneby and Karlshamn in Blekinge, Sweden to get their hands on water-cutting machines, 3D-printers and 3D scanners. This is when the innovation truly begins. During five whole days the participating artists get properly guided on how to use the technology at hand, and are, after that set free to experiment in turning as of yet unformed matter into formed works of art.

Photographs from workshop on Flickr.

Swedish press-release on Art and Apparatus, workshop II.

About Art and Apparatus:
Art and Apparatus is a three-folded series of workshops where artists in the South Baltic Region get to at first try out the technology of watercutting and 3D-modelling, and later on use this technology to create artifacts. These artifacts will be exhibited at Ronneby Kulturcentrum, Sweden in mid 2012. Some of the artifacts will as well be showcased in Rostock, at the Kunsthalle. Other venues for exhibition may be added.

Hosting the technology to be experimented with are Swedish Waterjet Lab and MAD Studio. In charge of the project is Art Line partner Kulturcentrum Ronneby.

Participating artists are:
From the first Art and Apparatus workshop, three more artists have been added (Diana Rönnberg and Izabela Żółcińska). Altogether the artists are:

Alexey Chebykin
Diana Rönnberg
Izabela Żółcińska
Jakob Ingemansson
Kordian Lewandowski
Linas Kutavicius
Magnus Peterson
Mariusz Bialeci
Ruzica Zajec
Sylwia Galon
Tomasz Skorka

(To see pictures from the first workshop on Stena Line ferry go here and check out the photo-gallery. Most of the artists can be seen here. All photographs are free for download. If you use them state, in byline, photo: Art Line).


About Waterjet Lab:
In Ronneby and its surroundings, one of the world’s prominent deployments in waterjet cutting is situated. In order to further strengthen the industry of waterjet cutting technology these companies, in cooperation with the Ronneby region and Blekinge Institute of Technology, have formed the Swedish Waterjet Lab (SWL). There are several financiers supporting the lab and the aim is to create a sustainable development for waterjet cutting industry in Sweden.

SWL is a platform where industry, society and university have a chance to carry out cooperation projects in an efficient way. The lab is equipped for carrying out tests and analyzing cutting experiments. This is done for companies who are curious in waterjet technology and for those companies that are experienced and knowledgeable in waterjet cutting technology. These equipments are also used by researchers and students from the university, and now by artists in the South Baltic area to create artifacts.
(Text, from Waterjet website)

On watercutting:
The principle of water jet cutting is simple: pressurized water is passed through a nozzle. The pressure inside the nozzle is transformed into kinetic energy and comes out as a thin water jet with a velocity of 900m/s. This water jet can cut through the majority of “soft” materials.

In order to get a higher cutting force abrasive (sand) can be added. The water jet can then cut thick and hard materials (e.g. steel, glass, stone). This type of water jet is called abrasive water jet. The water jet technology is also used to remove surfaces, washing, marking or even milling.
(Text, from Waterjet website)

About MAD Studio and 3D modelling:
An idea or a thought can be difficult to describe to others – “A picture is worth a thousand words” is an old adage, in its own right. However, a physical object says even more – “An object is worth a thousand pictures” and this is where the MAD Studio comes into the frame.

MAD, which means Machine – Art – Design, is NetPort.Karlshamn´s version of the time tested concept called FAB LAB (Fabrication Lab). The MAD Studio is equipped with advanced computer controlled machinery for 3D scanning, 3D printing and machining with cutting tools (routing). In short, it is a fabrication lab, specialized in 3D graphics.

The MAD Studio is a unique meeting place for curiosity, creativity and technology. It connects the digital world with the physical and here you can transform your ideas into physical objects that you can feel, touch and view from all angles. Sculptures and other art objects, architectural or ship models, prototypes for machine parts are just a few of the thousands of examples in using the MAD Studio equipment; the list does not stop! Surely if you have an idea that we didn’t think of, you are welcome to introduce it to the MAD Studio staff.
(Text, from MAD Studio website)

Kordian Lewandowski, Nerd's thinker
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