Digital technology has irreversibly changed how we see, think and act. A staggering number of us spend as much as half our waking hours online. Right now, more people are gazing at a screen than looking out a window. As we are drawn deeper into a symbiotic relationship with the digital, there is also a growing desire for more tactile, immersive experiences. Touch screens don't eliminate the need to touch something more palpable than an electronic visual display.
It's in this context that today's "postdigital artisans" operate. Inescapably influenced by the digital world, they nonetheless reject strictly screen-based design and total reliance on automated production, such as 3D printing. They advocate a return to craft, with objects made from clay, metal, glass and wood. They neither turn their backs on technology nor glorify nostalgia, but the high-tech honeymoon is over. They see materials as the heart of art, design, fashion and architecture.
Postdigital Artisans profiles sixty contemporary artists and designers, accompanied by rich illustrations of their work. Essays and interviews by and with leading figures such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nathan Jurgenson and Glenn Adamson deftly analyze all forms of postdigital creativity, from visual art and design to architecture and urban planning.
Jonathan Openshaw: Jonathan Openshaw is editor in chief of POSTmatter magazine, and writes extensively on the impact of new technology on the creative industries. Openshaw studied Social Anthropology at Cambridge, and specialised in the anthropology of art and visual communication.
Introduction by Jonathan Openshaw Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist Forces Alyson Shotz Carnovsky Eno Henze Geoffrey Mann Hicham Berrada Jolan van der Wiel Ned Kahn Nobuhiro Nakanishi Sungfeel Yun The Unseen Essay Liam Young Bodies Anders Krisar Barry X Ball Bart Hess Gehard Demetz Jaume Plensa Li Hongbo Maiko Takeda Marilene Oliver Richard Dupont Sruli Recht Essay Daniel Miller Surfaces Aldo Tolino Amy Brener Crabtree and Evans Jonathan Zawada Katja Novitskova Michael Staniak Rachel de Joode Robert Seidel Tomas Libertiny Troika Essay Sarah Williams Particles Aranda\Lasch Claire Morgan Katie Lewis Kohei Nawa Luke Jerram Nathalie Miebach Nucleo Phillip Stearns Seon Ghi Bahk Thaddeus Wolfe Essay Nathan Jurgenson Matter Daniel Arsham Flavie Audi Henrique Oliveira Jeroen Verhoeven Joseph Walsh Junko Mori Matter Design Rogan Brown Tokujin Yoshioka Zhan Wang Essay Glenn Adamson Structures Art+Com Studios Chiharu Shiota David DiMichele Do Ho Suh Jeongmoon Choi Loop.pH Numen/For Use Roxy Paine Zilvinas Kempinas Zimoun Essay Mark Foster Gage Index Credits