The exhibition “Mutations-Créations / Imprimer le monde” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, presents work from around 30 innovative artists, designers and architects who experiment with 3D printing technology. The exhibition is open until June 19, 2017, and features the NCCR Digital Fabrication’s research project Smart Dynamic Casting lead by Gramazio Kohler Research and work by NCCR principal investigator Benjamin Dillenburger.

“Mutations / Créations” is a new event series focusing on futurology and the interaction of digital technologies with creation, combining art, innovation and science. Part of its first edition is the collective exhibition “Imprimer le monde” which explores the emergence of a new digital artefact as a form of artistic creation, printed in 3D. The NCCR Digital Fabrication is represented by two contributions.

Smart Dynamic Casting (SDC)
The NCCR research project Smart Dynamic Casting (SDC) uses additive manufacturing for the construction of complex concrete structures. NCCR postdoctoral researcher Ena Lloret-Fritschi from Gramazio Kohler Research drives the project together with Lex Reiter, doctoral researcher within the Physical Chemistry of Building Materials Group lead by Prof. Dr. Robert Flatt, with additional support from researchers in structural engineering and robotics. The project consists of a continuous robotic slip forming technique which enables to prefabricate load-bearing concrete structures with variable cross-sections without any formwork. The additive process has a great potential as it could allow to build any type of concrete structures with significantly less material. On exhibit at the Centre Pompidou are three concrete columns which were fabricated at ETH Zurich using the SDC process (see image above).

Digital Grotesque – Grotto II
In addition to the NCCR research project SDC, “Imprimer le monde” also features recent work by NCCR principal investigator Benjamin Dillenburger. Together with Michael Hansmeyer, Dillenburger uses large-scale 3D sand-printing to explore unseen levels of resolution and topological complexity in architecture. The exhibition features “Grotto II”, a large-scale 3D printed architectural sculpture as part of Dillenburger and Hansmeyer’s project “Digital Grotesque”.

Mutations-Créations / Imprimer le monde, curated by Mnam/Cci, Marie-Ange Brayer and Olivier Zeitoun, is on exhibit in Gallery 4 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. The exhibition is open from March 15 until June 19, 2017. For further information, please visit the exhibition website.

Image Credits: Audrey Laurans, Centre Pompidou