2011 – ongoing
Unfold was founded in 2002 by Claire Warnier and Dries Verbruggen as an experimental design platform. The Antwerp-based duo has developed a multidisciplinary practice that frequently collaborates with a vast network of specialists. This collaborative approach leads to the development of products and projects that are interested in gradually revealing their complexity to the user/participant over time.
‘KIOSK’ explores a near future scenario in which digital fabrication is so ubiquitous that we see it appear on our street corners. With KIOSK the user can ‘appropriate, sample, remix, improve, up/downscale or copy new objects and 3D-print them on the spot.’ KIOSK operates as a portable 3D copyshop capable of producing a ‘custom made fix for your broken shoe, materialise an illegal download of Starck’s Juicy Salif orange squeezer that you modified for better performance or quickly print out a present for your sister’s birthday.’ For The Machine Unfold, in collaboration with Indianen, created a new creative digital copy station.
A project commissioned by Z33, House for contemporary art and MU Eindhoven.
With the support of Bits from Bytes and Jo Van Bostraeten. Inspired by Bruce Sterling’s science fiction short story Kiosk.
Unfold & Tim Knapen
2010 – ongoing
For Unfold, the development of new manufacturing techniques have the potential to shift power, from industrial producers and those regulating infrastructure, to the consumer. Unfold’s second project in ‘The Machine’ entitled ‘L’Artisan Electronique,’ explores the intersection of pottery – one of the oldest artisanal techniques – and new digital media. Unfold have developed a ceramic 3D printer that imitates the traditional coiling technique used by ceramicists (with this method a form is constructed, by stacking coils of clay.) Unfold have also developed a ‘virtual pottery wheel,’ as a digital tool to ‘turn’ forms and objects in virtual space.
A project commissioned by Z33, House for contemporary art with the support of Bits from Bytes