The Digital Ceramics Archive Research
This research/creation project will investigate the interface between ceramics and computer technologies, by bringing together two forms of archives, one archeological, one digital; two forms of experience, one physical, one virtual; two forms of digitalization, one tactile (direct and real), and the other, well, digital (a simulacra). It will also combine two forms of space, one material and the other virtual and bring together the universality of ceramics with the ubiquity of the digital world. This research/creation will progressively develop over a three years period. The first year will consist of specific research and the collection of data and materials to be compiled in an interactive website. The second year will consist of the development of complex 3D forms and complex 2D surfaces for these forms, using computer assisted design software (CAD). The third year will yield the prototyping of 3D models by computer assisted modeling (CAM), the making of molds and the creation of ceramic objects combining these forms and surfaces (computer printed ceramic transfers). This potential for the interaction between complex forms and equally complex surfaces can only be achieved with the help of computer technologies. The intent is to create singular objects in an experimental environment with actual results that are more qualitative than quantitative.
My practice has always been three fold: a continuous studio practice, a deep engagement with teaching and scholarly research. All three aspects have yielded important outcomes and international recognition. The proposed research/creation project incorporates all three aspects of my practice.
This research will position Canada strategically within this new field of inquiry. Undergraduate students at ECU will be involved with all aspects of the research/creation throughout the three years of the project. This will directly support and expand their skills and abilities and provide experience that they can apply to their own art creation and their future professional practices.