A14

Milano / São Paulo

2016

Production/Analogic printing and digital fabrication

​Visual Making


OPENDOT/CLAUDE MARZOTTO/ A14

30.03 — 17.04.2016
OPENING
WEDNESDAY 30.03.2016
7 PM
The exhibition-workshop VISUAL MAKING shows the experience and the findings
of the User Group VISUAL MAKING, an open community focusing on the INTEGRATION
BETWEEN DIGITAL FABRICATION, GRAPHICS AND FINE ART PRINTMAKING.
The project has been promoted by the MILANESE FABLAB OPENDOT and coordinated
by CLAUDE MARZOTTO/ÒBELO and DANIELA LORENZI/A14.
The VISUAL MAKING Group, composed by designers, artists and illustrators, has been
exploring INNOVATIVE PROCESSES for the production of printing matrices suitable
for a range of craft-based techniques, using different materials and numerical control
machinery. By testing different materials and numerical control machinery,
the experimentation has highlighted some interesting opportunities for digital
fabrication in the field of printmaking. The results are summarized in an opensource
archive-handbook, which includes twelve matrices, available online at the website
cargocollective.com/visualmaking

THE EXHIBITION: LAYOUT ARRANGEMENT, GRAPHIC DESIGN, CONTENT
The exhibition setting by DOTDOTDOT unfolds like a book and includes a workshop facility.
It is split into three levels: the archive, the handbook, the artistic applications.
The graphic design by ÒBELO÷ CLAUDE MARZOTTO & MAIA SAMBONET plays with the figure
of the hand – maker par excellence, holding a variety of tools – to point out some of the countless
crossroads between graphic languages, technologies, materials and printmaking techniques.
The original sample prints on display are a tribute to some of the most inspirational masters
of image-making: from Willem Sandberg’s torn paper collages to Bruno Munari’s ‘original
xerography’, from Max Huber’s camera-less photograms to Saul Steinberg’s line drawings.

THE ARCHIVE consists of twelve matrices obtained using a range of different materials (wood,
linoleum, Plexiglas, metal) and 24 prints created using a variety of techniques (calcography,
typography, silk-screening). Each matrix is produced using the different machines available
to the FabLab: laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers.
THE INSTRUCTION HANDBOOK reiterates the matrices presented in the archive and describes
the instructions for use for the machinery used to reproduce the works on display. The open
source digital version is available online at the website cargocollective.com/visualmaking

THE ARTISTIC APPLICATIONS are the matrices and the prints by MATTEO MORELLI,
VALERIA MANZI, PIETRO BOLOGNA AND ADRIANO ATTUS, invited by A14 to develop
the research completed by VISUAL MAKING. The artists called on the digital consulting
of VALERIO FAUSTI to apply new technical solutions to quality artistic printing