Online publication 'Casting. A way to embrace the digital age in analogue fashion?' now available

Gipsformerei - Kunstmanufaktur seit 1819

The online publication 'Casting. A way to embrace the digital age in analogue fashion?' is now available on the server at the University of Heidelberg. The publication includes all of the talks from the symposium of the same name that took place on 26 and 27 November 2015 and focused on the Gipsformerei (Replica Workshop).

As the oldest active institution of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Gipsformerei will be celebrating its bicentennial in 2019. This upcoming anniversary is a welcome occasion to discuss the following questions: How can an institution whose focus lies in traditional manual production stand up to technological innovations? Why are classical plaster casts still necessary if 3D printers can manufacture any conceivable shape in a shorter amount of time?

The publication addresses these questions and also offers an interesting survey of the debates within the current research. In addition to the individual talks, all of the discussion contributions, a panel discussion, and the closing discussion are compiled at the end of the publication in German and English.

The publication is accompanied by the 'graphic recordings' that were drawn by Gabriele Schlipf during the symposium. These drawings are large-scale illustrations used to visually record the content that was presented and discussed at the symposium. The graphic recordings can be viewed in their entirety in the online publication. As visually recorded documents of the symposium, the graphic recordings evidence an overwhelmingly large interest in the subject matter of the symposium, as well as a number of ideas that have emerged from it.

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