Hello World: Code and Design examines the role of code in contemporary design, considering the ways in which designers are integrating computation into their practice. The exhibition gathers objects and technologies from across the design spectrum—from fashion and textiles, to the moving image, graphics and the handmade—in order to reveal the social, economic and critical impact of code and design.
Hello World: Code and Design shows twenty-two designers printing, sewing, assembling and hacking in order to free code from the computer’s dark interior. In the process of prising open the lid on modern technology, these designers are experimenting with new ways of being digital. Low cost electronic components, and the physical computing and maker cultures they’ve spawned, now see code at work in everything from simple household items and toys to weapons and wearables. Additive manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing mean once invisible and immaterial processes are emerging into the tangible world of objects, while industrial processes move from the factory to the home. From Defense Distributed’s 3D printed gun, The Liberator, to Golan Levin’s Free Universal Constructor Kit (F.U.C.Kit), and Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed clothing and accessories, the material world is becoming increasingly fertile. Code is reshaping our social, political and economic lives in profound and often unanticipated ways.
For contemporary design, code has become an significant new concern, at once a tool, a material and a process in the experience and formation of worlds.
Curator Aaron Seymour is a designer and Lecturer in the School of Design at UTS. He has designed audience experiences for the Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, Historic Houses Trust, Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image amongst others. His short films have twice been nominated for AFI awards, screening internationally in festivals, on television and in commercial cinema releases.
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