Skate boards that hover, Star Wars’ tractor beams, and Harry Potter’s Invisibility cloak are all inventions that are no longer the future. They are currently in various stages of development. The latest future is now technology is printing: we want to print a car part, a lung, a building, and a pizza!
3D printing will make this possible. In the leap from Gutenberg to Chuck Hull, Patrick Visentin looks at how printing transforms everything as 3D printers come on-line. Simple movable type brought the church to its knees, started a great war, and inaugurated the Renaissance. Now that 3D printing is poised to become as ubiquitous as the home computer and the quick copy centre, will it usher in a new track like Gutenberg’s unit of type? Like the Renaissance 500 years ago, this revolution is about how we make things. Your next pair of shoes may come from a printer. It may be the end of shopping, transporting goods, and just about anything that can be “made”. 3D printing and its art are at the heart of this great transition.
Patrick Visentin will take a page from his experience as artist and printmaker to discuss how this medium transformed his practice and he will offer a glimpse into the possibilities of the 3D printer. His own early work with 3D art and his artistic endeavours today put in perspective his world of print and its possibilities. This talk will exploit the dissimulation between art and technology and reminds us of how the two were the same word in ancient Greece: techné.
Please join this discussion as Patrick Visentin explores this important transition in a SPACE talk that reflects on what this means not just in art, but in our world today.
Patrick Dominic Visentin is an artist and educator living and working in Montreal, Quebec. He studied in Canada, receiving a Masters degree in Print Media from Concordia University, a BFA from Mount Allison University and a BA from St. Francis Xavier University. He is a multidisciplinary artist whose work includes drawing, photo and print media as well as video, installation and performance. He has participated in various group and solo exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe.
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