18 Mar 2018, by LiselottePel
starts on 18 Feb 2018,
ends on 13 May 2018
High Museum of Art
High Museum of Art, Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia, Verenigde Staten
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From February 18 to May 13, 2018, the exhibition "Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age" will be on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, the acclaimed exhibition will made its U.S. debut at Cooper Hewitt and is now traveling to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
"Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age" will present work spanning the career of innovative Dutch designer Joris Laarman. Laarman and his Lab are design pioneers and idea detonators whose intellectual and thoughtful approach to design is marked by combining science, technology, restless curiosity, and creativity with lyrical aesthetics. Laarman’s experimental methods of fabrication continually propel him to explore new processes for creating and have made him one of today’s most compelling designers.
"Design in the Digital Age" will feature experimental works by Dutch designer Joris Laarman, including furniture generated by smart algorithms, the world's first fully functional 3-D printed steel bridge and a 3-D printable Makerchair that can be downloaded from the internet. Working at the intersection of design, art, and science, Laarman and his multidisciplinary team are known for their pioneering and elegant applications of digital technologies. From the iconic Bone Chair generated from algorithms that mimic bone growth to a pedestrian bridge built in midair using advanced robotic 3D printing, Joris Laarman Lab is revolutionizing the design process.
Organized by the Groninger Museum, the Netherlands, this exhibition will feature furniture designs, applied projects, and experiments from every phase of Laarman’s career, which will be presented alongside related videos, sketches, and renderings that illustrate the Joris Laarman Lab’s creative and production processes. Founded in 2004, the Lab is a multidisciplinary hub of scientists, engineers, programmers and craftspeople who explore the possibilities of design through research, experimentation and groundbreaking technology.
The exhibition will feature numerous designs from the High’s collection, which boasts the largest public holdings of the Dutch artist’s work outside of his home country.
Joris Laarman Lab is an experimental playground set up to study and shape the future. It tinkers with craftsmen, scientists, and engineers on the many new possibilities of upcoming technology and its consequential esthetics. The work is very diverse, from sculptural experimental furniture and innovative production processes to museum installations, film, digital media, and workshops at universities around the world.
The lab started in 2004 by Joris Laarman and partner and filmmaker Anita Star. Both grew up in the rural countryside of the Netherlands. Joris attended the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1998 and graduated cum laude in 2003. He gained first notoriety with the Reinventing functionality project, which included functional rococo radiator Heatwave that was picked up by Droog design and now produced by Jaga. He contributed in articles and seminars for Domus magazine and was a guest teacher at European universities like the Architectural Association London, Rietveld Academy Amsterdam and the Design Academy Eindhoven. During her study film and documentary, Anita joined forces in 2004.
The work of Joris Laarman Lab has been added to the permanent collections of many renowned international museums like the MoMA, V&A, Centre Pompidou and recently the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam where the Bonechair is the closing work of the 20st-century collection. In 2011 Joris Laarman received an innovator of the year award by the wall street journal. End 2015 a solo exhibition of the experimental work initiated by the Groningen museum started traveling around the world.
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