Launching 11 August


.OBJLaunching 11 August

Digital technology has transformed the ways by 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.

.OBJ: Digital Handmade at the National Design & Craft Gallery showcases the works of Irish and International makers, whose practices are situated at the intersection of the digital and analogue. 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.

This exhibition at National Design & Craft Gallery, presents the outcomes of hybrid practices that allow us to rethink the role of technology within the historical trajectory of object-making - re-evaluating how we value craft and define the 'hand-made'.

Exhibitors: Faig Ahmed (AZ), Paul Bokslag (IRL/NL) Common Works (GB), Digital Nature Group (JP), FIELD (DE/GB), Ying Gao (CH/CA), Sebastian Kite (DE), Ingrid Murphy (IRL/UK), Onformative (DE), David O'Reilly (IRL/US), Daniel Rozin (US), threadstories (IRL), Owen Quinlan (IRL), Marius Watz (NO), Zeitguised (DE)

.OBJ is presented as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Nora O Murchú is a curator & designer, whose research examines the intersections between the fields of art, design, software studies, and politics. Her multi-disciplinary practice embraces narratives, and fictions and results in objects, exhibitions, and interventions.

Education & Outreach

Kinetics and Motion: Crafting human-machine interactions Friday 10 August 2018 at 1.00 pm

Lunchtime discussion with exhibiter Sebastian Kite

Mechanisms + Making (16+) Friday 10 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

Free hands-on workshop to develop and create an installation of motorised module pieces in Castle Yard with installation artist Sebastian Kite 2pm – 5pm

Digital Hand-Made Roundtable Saturday 11 August 2018 at 1.00 pm

Join exhibition curator Nora O Murchú, exhibiting makers and special guests for a discussion on the evolution of new forms of craft and expanded awareness of how we can utilize materials.

.OBJ: Digital Hand-Made Launch Saturday 11 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

Exhibition launch by Kieran Long, Director of Swedish Centre for Architecture, with Crafted Cocktails from Pembroke Kilkenny. 

.OBJ: Digital Handmade Curators Introduction Sunday 12 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

With Nora Ó Murchú, introducing the themes and discussing works exhibited in .OBJ: Digital Handmade.

Threadstories Monday 13 August 2018 at 6.00 pm

In this workshop artist threadstories will reflect her studio practice with an exploration of her process and techniques. There will be an emphasis on working three dimensionally to reflect threadstories focus on form and movement. As a mask maker she engages in an intuitive process of making which embraces spontaneity and experimental play with materials, this too will be reflected in the workshop. No previous experience with textiles needed. 6pm-9pm

Free Children’s Craft Workshops Tuesday 14 August 2018 at 2.00 pm

One workshop per child/day. (6-12yrs). 2pm, 3pm + 4pm


Moving Structures
Inspired by the motor installations by Zimoun, invent your own moving structures with Paul Bokslag.


In response to  Owen Quinlan’s extruded clay sculptures with Maeve Sookram of Sevensisters.


Capture your silhouette with handmade pom pom ’s, with Sandra Mc Allister. Inspired by Daniel Rozins.

Free Teen Craft Workshop: (13-18yrs) Friday 17 August 2018 at 11.15 am

Silk Screen Print designs inspired by the exhibits of.OBJ: Digital Handmande and hand sew bandana summer scarfs with Blackstack Studio. Followed by a garden party. 11.15am – 1pm

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