Frame has just released a book about a return to craft and tactility in the digital age, and how people are looking for more than touch screens in order to be touched. Postdigital Artisans features 60 artists/ craftsmen, and they're all exploring a new aesthetic that comes from the digital, but in tactile ways that involve hand craft.
"Digital technology has irreversibly changed how we see, think and act. A staggering number of us spend half our waking hours online. Right now, more people are gazing at a screen than looking out a window. But a deeper symbiotic relationship with the digital does not quash the desire for a tactile, physically immersive experience. Touch screens don't eliminate the need to touch something more palpable than an electronic visual display.
"It's in this context that today's 'postdigital artisans' operate. Inescapably influenced by the digital world, they nonetheless reject strictly screen-based design and total reliance on automated production, such as 3D printing. They advocate a return to craft, with objects made from clay, metal, glass and wood. They neither turn their backs on technology nor glorify nostalgia, but their high-tech honeymoon is over. They see materials as the heart of art, design, fashion and architecture."
The author of the book is Jonathan Openshaw, who has written extensively on the impact of digital technology on the creative industries. Essays and interviews by and with leading figures such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nathan Jurgenson and Glenn Adamson deftly analyse all forms of postdigital creativity, from visual art and design to architecture and urban planning.