Six Lines Exhibit

By Architecture Department | Mar 08, 2015

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Lines of thought, lines of research, lines of making: six practitioners, each representing different disciplines and discourses, inhabit a moment pervaded by uncertainty about the status of craft in the face of the plethora of techniques made available by the computer. The work presented here can neither erase that doubt, nor re-solidify atavistic notions of craft and artisanship. Instead, modes of working push to the fore.

Displayed here are thirty-four such modes, in the various guises of tools, iterations, documents, and artifacts of process. The six lines collectively form a two-dimensional array to be traversed in series, laterally, or at random. Each sequence formed requires a reevaluation of craft and its possible alignments across discipline and discourse.

A common thread within this divergent group is the interrogation of tools themselves. Their processes entail iteration both on artifacts and on the means of producing those artifacts. The means take different forms—hand tools, fictional narratives, robots, and lines of code—but their root is the same: a routine questioning of established frameworks for artistic production, and an ongoing search for new ones. The focus on iteration and process over product belies an insistence on the construction of the project itself; determining not an endpoint but a trajectory along which multiple outcomes are possible.

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Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Andrew Raftery

Kai Franz

Kai Franz

Kai Franz

Kai Franz

Kai Franz

Kai Franz

Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender

Stefanie Pender

Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects

Carl Lostritto

Carl Lostritto

Carl Lostritto

Carl Lostritto

Carl Lostritto

Carl Lostritto

John Caserta

John Caserta

John Caserta

John Caserta

John Caserta

John Caserta

John Caserta

John Caserta

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John Caserta

Curated by Aaron Forrest

Exhibition Design: Yasmin Vobis, Will Gant, Aaron Forrest Exhibition Team: Emily Yen, Jiali Xuan, Shauni Lin, Natalie Kruch, Mengcen Chen, Whitney Bosel

Six Lines is part of the tool() forum, a platform for understanding the evolving dynamic between increasingly powerful tools and the empowerment of artists and designers. The forum is organized by Joy Ko and is supported by the RISD Departments of Architecture, Foundation Studies, Graphic Design, Textiles, RISD Code Studio, and the RISD Office of Research. risdtool.org

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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