Out of Hand

The MAD Museum of Architecture & Design's 'Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital’ explores the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of digital fabrication. Working to express the disruption and atmosphere of scaleless space, a characteristic of virtual environments, the exhibition was rendered in all black and lighted in a moody dreamlike manner. Ephemeral flat-pack acrylic platforms and black lacquer were the only additions to the restrained palette of this technologically exuberant exhibition. With over 80 works from multiple disciplines including, sculpture, decorative arts, and wearables, and representing fabrication techniques including 3D printing, CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) machining, and digital knitting. In today’s postdigital world, artists are using these means to achieve levels of expression never before possible – an explosive, unprecedented scope of artistic expression that extends from sculptural fantasy to functional beauty. Out of Hand was the first major museum exhibition to examine this interdisciplinary trend through the pioneering works of international artists, architects, and designers, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine.