The V&A Museum in London unveiled a new exhibition this month, celebrating the creative aspect of design and production.
The Craft Council’s Power of Making showcases makers and their aesthetic creations, bridging the gap between science technology and the arts. The exhibition includes a swarm of dexterous mini-robotic hexapods, a peculiar wooden prosthetic suit designed for Steven Hawking and hand-blown, aluminum car panels.
Power of Making celebrates the challenge of innovative automotive design and production, and features a collection of six alternatively crafted motorbikes exploring the use of different polymers, coatings and fabrics. Benedict Radcliffe’s Honda Golding Motorcycle honours the advent of digital tools such as CAD and virtual blueprinting software, creating a skeletal, 3D-blueprint motorcycle made entirely from powder-coated 8mm steel rod. Simon Whitlock’s fantastical 48 cylinder motorcycle shows how the process of making becomes an inspiration in itself. Using the spare parts of a fleet of vintage motorbikes, he designed the engine by creating a cardboard mock-up, before assembling the final metal version.
Web programmer Mike Sheldrake’s cardboard, fibreglass and resin surfboard is an ironic response to Blade Runner author and screenwriter Philip K. Dick’s vision of a disposable world, using recycled cardboard for the skeleton of the surfboard. The exhibition also includes top of the range open-source 3D printers from Makerbot Industries that print physical 3D sculptures from self-assembly printer units.
“Power of Making is our second partnership exhibition and will focus on the universality of making.” Says Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council. “Over 100 hand-made objects from around the world will reveal the ingenuity of makers and highlight the influence of craft skills in a multitude of settings and across many industries.”
Curated by Daniel Charney, the exhibition will run from now until January 2nd 2012 in the Porter Gallery at The V&A Museum. Admission is free.