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Philip Robbins, Keith Doyle, Emily Carr, Helene Day-Fraser

Material Matters: Hybridizing emergent digital methodologies across legacy creation ecosystems

Philip Robbins, Keith Doyle and Helene Day-Fraser


Affiliation: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada

Keywords: 3D printing, legacy process, effective integration

Conference Activity: Presentation Thurs 10th July

Project Summary:

Material Matters – a research cluster at Emily Carr University of Art+Design – is exploring new digital production technologies as an analogue to traditional methods and material production. The Prototyping+Media+Programming (PMP) Studio at Emily Carr, which supports Material Matters, offers a wide spectrum of 3D production technologies that showcase a variety of gateways to technology uptake.

The Material Matters research cluster is actively engaged in faculty–led creative research, applied partnerships, and outreach, each approaching unique and appropriate solutions through the exploration of additive manufacturing means and methods. As 3D production technologies become less expensive, more powerful and more pervasive they emerge into wider and wider ranges of opportunity. As new digital pathways to creative production develop they intersect with established practice – Material Matters is centered at these points of contact.

3D printing is a digital production technology experiencing explosive growth; a proliferation of applications and technologies is multiplying across a very broad spectrum of creative activity. As the technology matures and disseminates, avenues for innovation multiply as the 3D printing ecosystem grows and diversifies. Material Matters is examining a diversity of conceptually interlinked inquiries framed by this new production platform. We are developing alternate workflows to object making that conflates the digital opportunity with the inherent strengths of legacy processes.

Conceived as symbiotic methods – rather than discreet, self-contained systems – Material Matters is examining how new technological means can interconnect and carry forward legacy process rather than simply supplanting it.



A question that arises from your project: As new production technologies afford the cost effective and reliable production of complex form, in a wide spectrum of materials, they in turn directly impact established practice – What new means of Making do these concurrent developments create and of what benefit are they to the Maker?

Collaborating Artists that will be presented:

Philip Robbins, Justin Novak, Keith Doyle, Helene Day-Fraser


Full paper:

Robbins, P., Doyle, K. & Day-Fraser, H., (2014). Hybridizing Emergent Digital Methodologies Across Legacy Creation Ecosystems. In K. Bunnell & J. Marshall (Eds.), All Makers Now: Craft Values in 21st Century Production, International Conference Proceedings, Autonomatic Research Group, Falmouth University, 10/11 July 2014 (pp. 133 – 137). Falmouth University, ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3