Cell phones, social media, and other forms of technology meant to connect us with one another have proven to have almost the opposite effect. We have lost the ability to effectively communicate and conditions such as FOMO (fear of missing out) have begun to surface. Other than these social technologies, have material and technological innovations created detachment?
The practice of ceramics has been around for a very long time. Figurines, pots, and dishes have the ability to relay a lot of information and history about the cultures and individuals who created these artifacts. Because these things were made by hand, finger prints and making marks are left behind. More recently, the evolution of 3D printing and other manufacturing processes have begun to change the way we produce material. It makes complex shapes more possible and less time consuming. An interesting example of this is the project done by Gonnette Smits studio, Knit Walls.
Knit walls are interesting in more ways than just how they are manufactured. Knitting is normally done with yarn, a flimsy and soft material. Taking this form and creating a hard and rigid structure with it presents an interesting aesthetic; suggesting one thing, but providing something entirely different. While these types of applications I still find intriguing, I feel as though this technology has removed these making marks, and can create rather impersonal results.