ABOUT

Tacit dialogues is an on-going artistic research project exploring the traditional craft of glassblowing and translating implicit, bodily knowledge into digital data, experiences and objects. Participating artists are ­→Verena Bachl , ­→Elaine ­Bonavia, ­→Babette ­Wiezorek, ­→Philipp ­Weber, →Robin ­Hoske & Felix ­Rasehorn (WINT Design Lab).

« Can we translate the implicit knowledge gathered by bodily movements into digital data? Can we turn this data into tangible experiences?»

The Tacit Dialogues research deals with these and other questions in an artistic experiment that examines the process of glass artist Luke Holden while working on the Of Movement and Material pendant light series, designed by Philipp Weber. Of Movement and Material translates and materializes the rhapsodic dance of glassblowing and was produced for ANALOG, the brand of Berlin Glassworks.

 

“As society strives to become more digitized, the disconnection between our minds and hands grows,” Berlin Glassworks’ co-owner Philipp Weber observes. “As traditional handicrafts disappear, and human hands are often replaced by machines, Tacit Dialogues presents a new way to approach craft, creating a digital reference to the maker and celebrating new technologies and traditional skills all at once—thereby offering a new perspective on both.”

 

Tacit Dialogues is an ongoing, multidisciplinary research project exploring the performative qualities of glassblowing as a craft through the sensual and virtual dimensions of digital based technologies. The project kicks off with a satellite event at Berlin Glassworks during the renowned Gallery Weekend Berlin and is followed by an exhibition at feldfünf. Observing the dialogue between the glassblower, the material and his tools while creating an object, the collective aims to highlight the embodied knowledge assumed with the act of making. Using interactive and sensor-based tracking systems, Tacit Dialogues incorporate visual and spatial media to explore morphogenetic principles of emerging forms and embed them into human perspectives through machine-aided settings. By mapping this traditional craft by means of digital tools, the project reflects on the collaboration between the physical and the virtual in its manifold manifestations, treating them as equals in their parallel existence.

EXHIBITION

The first results of the research will be shown at feldfünf | Berlin-Kreuzberg. The exhibition is curated by Federica Sala. Throughout the exhibition various events will take place, including public talks, window exhibition during off hours, and kids’ workshops.

EVENT & EXHIBITION PROGRAM

 

01.05.2021
During Gallery Weekend Berlin, the public is invited to Berlin Glassworks’ workshop to enjoy live glass-blowing and interactive data recordings

→ Berlin Glassworks GmbH
Provinzstr. 42a
13409 Berlin
Hours: 13:00-18:00

COVID-19 restrictions:
The indoor-outdoor event is open to the public by appointment only;
reservations are available via hello@tacitdialogues.com
All guests must strictly adhere to current COVID safety practices and regulations.

08.05. – 21.05.2021
Exhibition Tacit Dialogues @feldfünf

→ ​feldfünf – Projekträume im Metropolenhaus
​​Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 7–8
10969 Berlin

 

08.05.2021
Opening Tacit Dialogues exhibition @feldfünf: 14:00-19:00
Tentative* Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Monday to Friday)

*Please double check feldfuenf.berlin for up-to-date visiting hours prior to your visit, as Covid-19 regulations are currently in flux.​

info@feldfuenf.berlin

 

21.05.2021
Finissage Tacit Dialogues exhibition @feldfünf: 17:00 – 21:00

WORKSHOP PROGRAM

During the exhibition period there will be a workshop program for kids hosted by Berlin Glas e.V. @ feldfünf. For our younger audience, Berlin Glas & Elaine Bonavia will team up to run four hands-on glass workshops. Combining digital body tracking technologies with the traditional craft of glass fusing, each participant will be able to produce one glass panel with a body sketch and one glass panel with a hand sketch. The result is a colourful artwork that will be a formidable souvenir of a workshop centred on the fusion of old and new techniques!

Kiez Mobil glass workshop – Stringing Traces
2 h workshop, Registration required; 5 participants max.

Register by E-Mail under
info@berlinglas.org

 

14.05.2021
Kiez Mobil glass workshop Stringing Traces

15.05.2021
Kiez Mobil glass workshop Stringing Traces

20.05.2021
Kiez Mobil glass workshop Stringing Traces

22.05.2021
Kiez Mobil glass workshop Stringing Traces

INTERVIEWS

«What role does craft play in an increasingly digitized world?»

Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, will be discussing this question with product designers Philipp Weber and Babette Wiezoreck as part of the Tacit Dialogues research.

The talk will be live-streamed via YouTube. Wednesday, May 19 at 18.00 CET.

WORKS

XYZ | Sensomotoric Interplay Of Glass And Body by WINT Design Lab

In the process of glassmaking, the interaction between artist and material is direct and intimate, forming a sensomotoric interplay that translates movement into embodied knowledge. In a series of experiments, we were interested in the individual movement of the artist in relation to the physical resonance within the glass piece.

We attached a gyroscopic data logger to the glass pipe during the glass manufacturing process. The tracker recorded the rotation, acceleration, and 3D coordinates of the pipe at a rate of 8bit per second. By recording the glassmaking dance, a list of data points is minted. In a second step, this list of values is decoded into acoustic patterns enabling the auditive monitoring of the glass maker’s movement. Thus, the pipe becomes a data capturing device and an instrument at the same time.

The unique recordings of the dance are mapped to its materialized outcome, the glass. A surface speaker is attached to the glass to set the piece into vibration and use the geometry of the glass as a resonance body to transmit sound waves. The glass piece being the physical storage and representation of the performed movement is now actively transmitting sound waves that are based on data recording of its creation. In this sense the glass piece and the sound waves are isochron.

Fluidic Formations by Babette Wiezorek & Verena Bachl

Glassblowing actually means handling a liquid in motion. The fluid glass is applied onto the glassblower’s pipe layer by layer in order to accumulate the desired amount of material. While many perspectives concentrate on the act of blowing glass we are focussing on the fluidity of the material and the layering process in which the object grows over time.

Therefore a technology-aided process resembles the act of layering; by using fluid ceramics and their flow behaviour the conceived setting generates complex artefacts by dripping the liquid matter onto the body. Similar to the formation of fluid glass the ceramic structure grows in layers of material over a certain period of time bearing their own language and morphology.

As WINT Design Lab traced the rotation of the glassblower’s pipe the collected data was used to write these motions into the dripping process and the material. The created objects are a crystallization of the entanglement of material and physical forces, of human and non-human procedures, and they reflect on the common bond of those different actors.

Collaboration
Babette Wiezorek | Additive Addicted
Verena Bachl | Studio Verena Bachl

Implicit Memory Generated Space by Elaine Bonavia

Implicit Memory Generated Space is a digital drawing sequence exploring the concatenations between the virtual, the analog, and the digital. Through a dynamic and virtually accessible simulation, body traces and reflections expressed by glass artist Luke Holden are revitalized. By inscribing these memories in the digital, self-referential transformations are introduced as spatial folds and resonating envelopes disturb a thin envelope of potential space. Virtual space generated from body memory is created. In a playful way, the manifolds and accessibilities of the immaterial surface disturbed by data gathered from the movement are depicted, as the project reveals how closely we are able to draw between the two worlds.

Thus, the artwork presents itself as an access point into the virtual from the pragmatic position of tracking body and pipe motions. In this work, the philosophical text ‘On the Superiority of the Analog’ in Brian Massumi’s Parables of the Virtual is closely reflected upon to challenge the idea of superiority into a case for égalité.

In this ongoing research, the process of blowing glass thus opens up a conversation on the potential and the imminent necessity of qualitative virtual space, its mode of production, and alternative modes of rendering the immaterial, outside the aesthetical confines of NFT-art.

Tacit Dialogues is supported by