Joris Laarman and Wakanda

So again, I’m writing a shorter piece than I want to tonight because I’m exhausted from seeing so many amazing things this weekend, but I’m determined to keep my Lenten commitment.

I went to a talk today given by the incredible artist Joris Laarman and then attended a members’ preview of his exhibit at the High Museum. Laarman specializes in 3D printed art and 3D printed furniture. He even uses large robots to 3D print metal structures. He’s currently finalizing a fully functional 3D printed bridge over a canal in Amsterdam.

The Dutch artist has also designed 3D printed chairs, called Makerchairs, that are part of the maker movement: “a counter movement in design that rejects the generic and mass produced.” Laarman seems to have disdain for the concept of mass production. He sees value in “limitedness.” So do I. But I also don’t disagree with mass production making things affordable…for the masses.

Laarman also created the Vortex Bookcase. This bookcase is designed using a computer simulation that creates various swirling forms. The simulation can be stopped at any point to create a one-of-a-kind design. Where you go to get one of these bookcases, or how much they cost, I’m not sure.

Of course thoughts of 3D printed furniture, couches that change shape with the touch of a button and bridges built by robots, led me to thinking about the most technologically advanced society in the world (that doesn’t actually exist): Wakanda. How do they efficiently make furniture in Wakanda? Do you go online, customize a chair or a desk, then have it delivered later that day? What do robots build in Wakanda? Has having more technology made the lives of Wakandans better or worse?

In future Black Panther films, I hope they show more of the daily lives of Wakandans, even if it’s just the royal family. Or better yet, of Okoye or other members of the Dora Milaje.

Below are pictures of Joris Laarman’s work. Plus, one of he and I. Say what?!! Yeah, that’s how I spend my Saturday evenings: chillin’ with world-renowned artists. What can I say? Real recognizes real. Lol!

This last picture is a bronze bookcase believe it or not.

All of the below pieces were 3D printed.

These next pieces were 3D printed using metal.

This is the bookcase I mentioned.

And finally, what you’ve been waiting for, Joris Laarman and yours truly:

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