Curated by Jennifer Nawa Milliken, Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age will showcase works by 30 international makers including Doug Bucci and Emily Cobb (above) – situated at the intersection of the digital and the analogue worlds. These artists, craftspeople, and designers excel in material practices that span millennia of craft traditions, while drawing on cutting-edge digital tools to develop innovative ways of making. The integration of these atoms and bytes, building blocks of matter and information, generates the new forms and typologies that shape our changing world. Today’s makers have access to a wider array of tools, materials, and processes than ever before. Digital methods such as scanning and imaging, coding, CNC-milling, and rapid prototyping not only influence the way objects are designed, manufactured, and distributed, but also change the terms of our relationships with them.
Through the presentation of works that embody mergers of traditional and digital processes and materials, Atoms + Bytes reframes the conversation about the place of technology within the historical trajectory of object-making and offers an invitation to reevaluate the way we place value on craft and define “hand-made.”
Atoms + Bytes
March 4th – June 26th, 2016
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA