Form - Counterform/EMCopyright: Valentin Burkhardt
Moulding as an experimental method between alienation and interpretation
Moulding is known as a method of reproducing models and subsequently producing things. Household articles, machine parts or food, almost everything that has a mould comes from a mould.
Reproduction as an artisan technique produces the original, the artistic unique specimen, or the edition or series. The previously created model is usually not considered the original.
However, the principle of form and counter-form can be much more: an independent artistic method of material exploration, form finding, alienation, representation, abstraction and interpretation. The method can even have destructive tendencies (- read more about this in the course sheet on RWTHonline).
In the course we will proceed experimentally. However, not with moulding materials that promise perfection, but with any material that could be used for taking impressions...! Also the material with which the mould is filled has to be searched for and found - does this perhaps also create a "new material"? The experimental process is to be conceptualized step by step in order to lead to a conclusive chain of action, the outcome of which will be surprising.
And what stands at the end? A positive, a negative, fragments of both? Is it even possible to say what is mould and what is cast? How much of the original object is still recognizable, how important is this reference - has something completely new perhaps emerged that can claim independence?
Course times: Mondays form 9am to 12am (first Zoom-meeting 26.10.2020 at 9am)
Supervisors: Axel Friedrich