At the intersection of digital and analogue: .OBJ to open at the National Design & Craft Gallery

.OBJ, an exhibition showcasing the works of innovative Irish and international makers whose practices explore new directions where craft thinking meets digital making, will open at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny on Saturday, 11 August, 2018. The exhibition will be officially opened by Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Digital technology has transformed the ways in which we think about design and craft. In today’s digital world, makers have access to a wider variety of tools, materials and processes than ever before. Coding, digital fabrication and data have become integral to the ways objects are designed, manufactured, distributed and consumed, influencing our relationships with them and how they inhabit our world.

These makers draw on emerging digital tools and processes to experiment with material practices that are rooted in craft and design traditions, building objects that question and shape our world. These hybrid practices allow us to rethink the role of technology within the historical trajectory of object making, reconsidering how we value craft and define the ‘handmade’.

The exhibition opens up conversations about the appropriation of digital tools by makers, the creation of crafted objects or experiences by digital designers, as well as the influences of technology, social media, data and conceptual installation on contemporary craft.

The 15 exhibitors taking part are:

Faig Ahmed (Azerbaijan)

Paul Bokslag (Ireland/the Netherlands)

Common Works (UK)

Digital Nature Group (Japan)

FIELD (Germany/UK)

Ying Gao (China/Canada)

Sebastian Kite (Germany/UK)

Ingrid Murphy (Ireland)

Onformative (Germany)

David O’Reilly (Ireland/US)

Daniel Rozin (US)

threadstories (Ireland)

Owen Quinlan (Ireland)

Marius Watz (Norway)


Running until January 2019, .OBJ is curated by Nora O Murchú and is part of the programme for the Kilkenny Arts Festival (9 – 19 August, 2018). A .OBJ roundtable event hosted by Louise Allen with curator Nora O Murchú and exhibiting makers, will take place at the National Design & Craft Gallery at 1pm on Saturday, 11 August. It will be followed by the exhibition launch at 2pm by Natalie Kane, Curator of Digital Design, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, with complimentary crafted cocktails from Pembroke Kilkenny.

Clay / Glass / Metal / Other / Paper / Textiles / Wood

This event listing is compiled for informational purposes only and is correct at time of publication. Event listings may be subject to change by the organisers and readers are advised to contact the organisers directly for the most up to date information. DCCoI cannot be held responsible for any alterations to the existing schedule.

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07 August 2018


National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard



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