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Bits ‘n Pieces

Interactive exhibition to examine dialogue between the analog world and digital technologies transforming design in a post-digital era

Curated by Dutch and Belgian designers Alissia Melka-Teichroew of byAMT, Claire Warnier and Dries Verbruggen of UNFOLD, Lucas Maassen and Jan Habraken of FormNation the exhibition will feature work by an international group of designers, architects, computer scientists and material and technology researchers that anticipates the next phase of the digital revolution.

Bits ‘n Pieces is a traveling exhibition of work by international designers, architects, computer scientists, and material and technology researchers. Which premiered at Material Connexion in New York. It will showcase projects still in their development stage, as well as furniture, architecture, jewelry, graphic design and products that anticipate the next phase of the digital revolution, focusing on how society is imbued with, shaped by and shapes technology. This new era will be marked by increased awareness about, and accessibility of, continuously advancing technologies and materials and the changes that we will be making in our lives through them will be not just formal but structural, not merely aesthetic but substantive, changing how we actually think about, design and build our objects and space. What will life look like based on changes that are sometimes visible to the public and sometimes invisible?

Bits ‘n Pieces featured Part(s) for display, an installation by THEVERYMANY, which is part contribution to the exhibition and part display for the exhibition itself, as well as a 3D Forum, developed by IDEO’s Jennifer Leonard and Bits ‘n Pieces’ curators, which allowed viewers to react on what they were experiencing by answering questions that Leonard posed about
the exhibition. Viewers’ written responses were recorded in real-time through a Conversation Bits notepad, designed by Fontys Lifestyle Lab and posted on (no longer online).

Over the course of its global journey, the Bits ‘n Pieces exhibition would mature based on context and content. The show’s first component is a permanent collection of objects that travel to each venue and evolve based on feedback given by visitors from location to location, as is appropriate to work inspired by ever-advancing technologies. The second component will feature fresh pieces made by regional designers and introduced at each new venue to present the exhibition from a local perspective.

Participants: Doug Bucci, Edhv, Willem Derks, EDHV, Fontys Lifestyle Lab, Jan Habraken, Ilona Huvenaars, Joris Laarman, Jennifer Leonard, Thomas Lommée, Lucas Maassen, MakerBot, Alissia Melka-Teichroew (byAMT),  THEVERYMANY, Unfold

Dates: November 4-December 4, 2009 | Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm

Location: Material ConneXion, 60 Madison Avenue (between 26th and 27th Streets), 2nd Floor, NYC 10010 –

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