15 DEC 17 – 15 APR 18

NGV Triennial

Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art and design, across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives. A free exhibition, the NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practice that traverses all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs. The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.

For the NGV Triennial Joris Laarman and Tellart have developed an animated timeline revealing the increasing pace of industrial and technological evolution. The timeline maps key points in the industrial and digital ages while speculating on the trajectory of technology, human population, the climate and computing power, providing a glimpse of what has come to pass, and predicting what the future might look like.

In addition, Joris Laarman’s Bridge table 2010, Maker chairs 2014, Microstructure chair 2014 and Dragon bench 2014, acquired by the NGV for the NGV Triennial, together form a trailblazing collection of experimental furniture previously unseen in Australia. Each of these five iconic works was developed using generative design software and different digital fabrication methods to explore Laarman’s critical and creative concerns. The collection as a whole demonstrates the seismic impact of digitalization on contemporary design and production. The culmination of fifteen years of exploratory material research and development of bespoke digital tools and machinery is evident in each piece.