In class we paired off into groups to discuss how each of the works we have seen this semester have shaped our ideas into our own projects. The project myself and Nathan discussed was ‘Virtual Potter’s wheel’ the very idea of the project is very intriguing, using old techniques but incorporating new techniques, proving that contemporary art still plays a very large role in the modern day.
“Use the virtual potter’s wheel to create your own forms. Put your right hand in the path of the green laser beam. By tracking your hand’s position in the air, it will record the changes that you make to the shape on the screen. When you are finished step away and your design will appear on the wall”
Designing something in a digital forum and making it become reality isn’t a new concept, but new sub-concepts are the most interesting yet, especially bringing old techniques into the modern day world. This project relates strongly to what i am thinking of doing for my major project. making something non physical become interactive and in capturing an audience through digital manipulation.
It’ a fascinating topic that gives me some drive to complete my project.
“While industry and craftsmanship are positioned as polar opposites, they would be more accurately represented as volatile points in a matrix of manual, mechanical, and electrical forces. Wheel-thrown pottery, for example, though now considered an artisanal skill, developed as a partial automation of coil pottery by the third millennium, B.C., making the production of small clay vessels more efficient. If industry is characterized by the displacement of advanced operations from hands to machines, then handicraft is defined by its retention of fine motor skills mastered over years of practice. In l’Artisan Électronique, designers Unfold and Tim Knapen investigate the intersection between craft, industry, and digital making, avoiding easy categorisation.”
With this considered, does this show that society no longer has to use old techniques to get what they need? are we creating a generation of non functioning humans? or are we creating a generation that no longer needs to know the old ways. This is always considered when new technologies emerge, are we ready to throw away century old techniques for new and innovative ones? my argument is, if they old technique is no longer viable or no longer provides the same qaulitys of the new, why keep it? obviously this comes with certain problems, maybe loss of jobs and work place reconstruction, but if the goal is to innovate, make humans lives easier, than why hold back because of small problems.
This transfers into my project, would people be ready to spend their time watching a movie or TV show and having to interact, or would they prefer to just relax and be captured through different techniques? hopefully i’ll be able to come to a viable solution during the execution of my project.