360º Under Water

Design Residency Résvés Mértola 2016

Project by
OJEAM Studio

Is a project created at the Design Residency Résvés Mértola partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts University of Lisbon. Since it was a site specific project in the region of Mértola the starting point was the river Guadiana, it is and it has been the most important way of communication and interconnection between this city and the rest of Portugal.
In a brief historical context, through the decades andunder influence of all the communities that passed by,
the river worked as commercial port center and layers of excavated civilizations under Mértola revealed mainly
ceramic artifacts grasping through the river edges.

As an interpretation of the exploitation of the force of water and the influences that the river carries around we have created the world’s first hydraulic ceramic 3D printer. 360º UNDER WATER works through a watermill, activating simultaneously a rotating potter’s wheel and a extruder that prints ceramic containers.

360º UNDER WATER aims to critically approach a “fast-speed” technology that allow us nowadays to build almost everything in a faster and unconscious way, on the other hand a call for a post-digital era defending a junction between manual, artisanal, logic and digital language. By exaggerating and extending the process of making an object the value of its production can be enhanced, therefore, 360º UNDER WATER prints at a very slow speed accordingly to the river’s current, meaning it could take a hole day to make an ceramic pot, proposing a scenario of stepping back, reconsider and enjoy the process of making new things.

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