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VOLTA Basel 2017



Kai Franz


@ Booth C17


12.-17.06.2017 – Markthalle, Viaduktstr. 10, CH-4051 Basel


ALGORITHMIC GRIDS purpose is to explore the alternative uses of materials and functioning concepts we overlook or take for granted in our daily lives. Through traditional art practices, western culture often encourages us to stay on one steady path and not to stray from accepted practice. The artist Kai Franz’s varying practices all include ‘hacks’ of sorts and unnatural figures created by the reconfiguration of a 3D printer, the artist dared to stray from the path of “traditional practice” and to challenge the idea of traditional structures. He dares to ask the question; Do things really have to exist just as they are?

Franz will present a series of sculptures made from sand and polyurethane. These grid-like shapes draw inspiration from machine generated structural compositions that serve as functional pieces in everyday life. Specifically the artist has drawn his heaviest influence from rafts, a type of structural support used mainly in 3D printing to separate the object being printed from the plate. This very idea of a “shadow object” serves as a type of interface between the production and machine. Instead of programing a computer to produce the work for him, the artist has taken it upon himself to become a human 3D printer: he acts as a liaison between man and machine and in doing so has added a subversive element to the conventions of digital fabrication, a living/breathing element that is often overlooked. The artist uses this method to further question the relationships of automated/manual labor, control/chance, logic/will and task/play.