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London, UK (2019)

Title: Instances
 Daniel Widrig & Guan Lee 
Dimensions: 1550 x 420 x 420 mm.
Weight: 980 kg

Instances is one in a series of moments 3D printed. It is a materialized digital scenery. The virtual world of digital information is vast and largely unseen, some personal, others communal.

Importantly, an innumerable plethora of this information describes three-dimensional objects and spaces. Before the invention of the camera, the depiction of our world to its likeness was down to the hands of the artists.

Today, we can experience objects that are conceived digitally and without any considerations for their making or materiality using 3D printers. Like magic, scale-less things can emerge out of the printing chamber, with all detailed features faithfully reproduced. All Instances are not just designed but more critically, captured without translations, as tangible things, unlike the original versions which are infinitely morphable.

These fixed counterparts are alien and familiar, made of information but now silenced. We cannot bring everything from the digital world to our already overcrowded reality. Instances are carefully, precisely and artfully chosen to be here, with us.

The piece was exhibited at The Aram Gallery in London from the 16th. of May until the 22nd. of June 2019 in London, UK. 

 The artist

Material Architecture Laboratory is a research laboratory based at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. The lab applies digital fabrication techniques to a range of everyday matters, finding new applications in craft, design, and architecture.

Co-directed by Guan Lee and Daniel Widrig, Material Architecture Laboratory combines the common interests of their two research activities:

Grymsdyke Farm and Daniel Widrig Studio. Grymsdyke Farm is a research facility and fabrication workshop in Buckinghamshire that Lee has been developing since 2004.

Daniel Widrig founded his studio in 2009 and works with digital systems across sculpture, fashion, furniture design and architecture.

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