Multidisciplinary studio Wang & Söderström are known for their explorations of the liminal area between materiality and technology. Their ‘Excavation’ project involved using digital techniques to create 3D printed vases, inspired by the physical process of archaeology.
Working between Copenhagen and Malmö, Swedish spatial designer Anny Wang and architect Tim Söderström are renowned for utilizing new technologies in the depiction of their innovative concepts. For ‘Excavation’, Wang & Söderström collaborated with Unique Board, a NYC-based 3D printing company, to digitally craft the trio of full color 3D printed sculptures. ‘Excavation’ is inspired by archaeology’s ability to reveal human activity and behaviour of a specific time through material and shape. This influence is referenced through form, appearing as two separate pieces which have been moulded together. The base symbolises the rock which hasn’t yet been dug away during the archaeological process. To highlight the artificial element, the vases are speckled in vibrant hues made from algorithms, contrasted by the muted overall tone and block color of the bases. The studio explains that the sculptures…“convey mixed reality undertones by exploring how aesthetics can influence perception and how implemented storytelling can bridge natural and digital. ‘Excavation’ unearths digital processes with a human imprint, mixing timelines and blends virtual with physical space.”
"'Excavation' unearths digital processes with a human imprint, mixing timelines and blends virtual with physical space."
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