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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Shapeshifters

exhibition launch

Image: Ryan Pennings, ‘Percy Stool’ (detail), 2015, Polyactic Acid
The newest exhibition on display at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is Shapeshifters, a playful exploration of 3D printing. It’s all about imagination, innovation and new methods of making, drawing on the high-tech and rapidly evolving world of 3D printers and fluid extrusion methodology.
Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future is the result of a partnership between the WPCC and Australian Design Centre, the most influential organisation dedicated to makers and designers in Australia. The two organizations have shared in the curation of the exhibition and in the production of education programmes.

3D printers are in the headlines – a weapon printed at home, organs manufactured in labs, 3D printed clothing – but how does it work? Put simply, the printer converts a 3D digital model into horizontal slices. These slices are then layered (printed) on top of each other and a 3D object is formed.

3D printing is also built on sharing. Open source software and shared maker spaces mean anyone can try their hand at creating. During the industrial revolution, the machine was used to standardise everything. Now mass production is replaced by mass customisation.

The designers, makers, tinkerers and creators included in Shapeshifters (including Ryan Pennings, Lukasz Karluk and Lousje Skala) all begin with a real world idea. That idea is translated into a digital something – a piece of code, a CAD model or perhaps a verse of music – before being transformed into the final physical form. By experimenting with digital fabrication technologies, the designers build on their traditional modes of making to create something entirely new.

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future is on public display at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 18 March until Sunday 7 May, 2017.

Shapeshifters is an Australian Design Centre Touring Exhibition, developed and first presented by Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Australian Design Centre is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Australian Design Centre is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.