Can we translate the implicit knowledge gathered by bodily movements into digital data? Can we turn this data into tangible experiences?
The Tacit Dialogues research deals with these and other questions in an artistic experiment that examines the process of glass artist Luke Holden while working on the Of Movement and Material pendant light series, designed by Philipp Weber. Of Movement and Material translates and materializes the rhapsodic dance of glassblowing and was produced for ANALOG, the brand of Berlin Glassworks.
“As society strives to become more digitized, the disconnection between our minds and hands grows,” Berlin Glassworks’ co-owner Philipp Weber observes. “As traditional handicrafts disappear, and human hands are often replaced by machines, Tacit Dialogues presents a new way to approach craft, creating a digital reference to the maker and celebrating new technologies and traditional skills all at once—thereby offering a new perspective on both.”
Tacit Dialogues is an ongoing, multidisciplinary research project exploring the performative qualities of glassblowing as a craft through the sensual and virtual dimensions of digital based technologies. The project kicks off with a satellite event at Berlin Glassworks during the renowned Gallery Weekend Berlin and is followed by an exhibition at feldfünf. Observing the dialogue between the glassblower, the material and his tools while creating an object, the collective aims to highlight the embodied knowledge assumed with the act of making. Using interactive and sensor-based tracking systems, Tacit Dialogues incorporate visual and spatial media to explore morphogenetic principles of emerging forms and embed them into human perspectives through machine-aided settings. By mapping this traditional craft by means of digital tools, the project reflects on the collaboration between the physical and the virtual in its manifold manifestations, treating them as equals in their parallel existence.
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