Paris | “Mutations/Créations”: art, innovation and science at the Centre Pompidou

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The Centre Pompidou in Paris is presenting “Mutations/Créations“, an event turned towards the future, and the interaction between digital technology and creation; a territory shared by art, innovation and science.

cover: Ross Lovegrove, Ilabo Shoes (2015) 3D-printed nylon H. 35 x L. 30 x D. 12 cm.
Editor: United Nude, Ross Lovegrove.

Drawing on all the disciplines in a mix of research, art and engineering, the first edition of this annual event calls upon music, design and architecture.
The event consists of two exhibitions – “Imprimer le monde“ and “Ross Lovegrove“ -, and an Art/Innovation Forum entitled “Vertigo“.


Imprimer le monde“, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Stranger Visions, 2012. Portraits and samples from New York, 20.32 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm. Photo credit: Heather Dewey-Hagborg.

Imprimer le monde“ (Printing the world), on view until June 19, 2017, presents the status of work of the digital 3D printing technologies. This exhibition brings together a new generation of artists, designers and architects who use the same digital design tools and have moved over to 3D printing technologies.
Printing the world, combines works from the Centre Pompidou collections with new donations, acquisitions and pieces. IRCAM presents acoustic installations produced during artistic residences, which explore the 3D simulation of the sound space. Meanwhile, numerous exchanges between creation, research and teaching are expressed through various partnerships with universities, research laboratories and art, architecture and design schools. The catalogue and the study days based on “Imprimer le monde“ form part of the academic programme of the Labex CAP (laboratory of excellence in creation, art and heritage).


Imprimer le monde“, Joris Laarman , Adaptation chair, Gradient Copper Chair Edition# 5/12, 2015 Copper, 3D print (SLS® – Selective Laser Sintering), polyamide 63 x 60 x 70 cm. Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre de Création Industrielle, Paris. Recent acquisition © Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP 


Imprimer le monde“ Nendo (Oki Sato). Diamond chair, 2008. 3D print (SLS® – Selective Laser Sintering), polyamide 58 x 52.7 x 60 cm. Centre Pompidou collection, Musée National d’Art Moderne/ Centre de Création Industrielle. Purchase funded by the Design Acquisition Group of the Société des Amis du Musée National d’Art Moderne, 2016. Courtesy of nendo and Friedman Benda © photo Masayuki Hayashi.


Imprimer le monde“, Olivier Van Herpt, Sediment Vases, 2015 – 2016. View of workshop, Eindhoven, 2015 Ceramic 3D print Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven.
Photo credit: Femke Rijerman.


“Imprimer le monde“
Left: University of Tokyo Advanced Design Studies Unit (Yusuke Obuchi, Kengo Kuma, Jun Sato, Kevin Clement, Anders Rod) Drawn Pavilion, 2017.
Right: Gramazio Kohler Research , Smart Dynamic Casting, A robotic gliding process for complex structures, 2012-2015.Three columns in concrete with bases 193 x 26 cm; 195.5 x 27 cm; 185 cm x 24 cm. Smart Dynamic Casting, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich.

The retrospective dedicated to British designer Ross Lovegrove depicts how the artist has introduced a fresh dialogue between nature and technology, where art and science converge. He employs a “holistic“ idea of design through a visionary practice that began incorporating digital changes during the 1990s, rejecting the productivism of mass industry and replacing it with a more economical approach to materials and forms. This exhibition emphasises the role of design in the postindustrial era, now that we are seeing a significant shift from mechanics to organics: a changeover symptomatic of our times, which these “digital forms“ endeavour to highlight.


Ross Lovegrove, Concept-car Renault Twin Z (2012-2013) Mixed materials. H. 170 x L. 363 x D. 152 cm; 850 kg Editor and collection: Renault 


Ross Lovegrove, Pavillon Lasvit LiquidKristal (2012) Lasvit glass, steel structure, Barrisol roof H. 400 x L. 1200 x D. 800 cm Editor and collection: Lasvit 


Ross Lovegrove, Infinity Loop (2014) Textile, aluminium H. 179 x L. 187 x D. 53 cm Editor and collection: Barrisol. Designed using an innovative material, Barrisol, the three Alpha, Beta and Sigma lights consist of LED lighting covered in stretched fabric over a metal structure. 

Imprimer le monde“ (printing the world)
until June 19, 2017
Galerie 4 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Ross Lovegrove
until July 3, 2017
Galerie 3 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

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