Digital Relics is a continuation of experiments started in the spring of 2013 by a group of different majors at Kendall College of Art and Design using some of the advanced technologies housed in our FlexLab. We used the site and artifacts at 54Jeff to learn about 3D scanning, 3D printing, and to start thinking about how things might be reinterpreted through these technologies for new functions and audiences. By May we had scanned roughly 30 objects and had presented some of them in their original, digitized and printed, and manipulated states. For ArtPrize we took some of the 3D information we’d captured, the 3D files of 54Jeff, and mashed them up for this sculptural sketch of the site and its contents. Participants in the course were Jake Falk, Sarah Darnell, Jake Mikula, Stephanie McCarthy, Jake Kapusta, and Jordan Verburg, with assistance from our alumnus Caitlin Skelcey.

Phil Renato earned his MFA in Metal Design at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying under John Marshall and Mary Lee Hu. He came to Grand Rapids in 2002 to chair the newly founded Allesee Metals/Jewelry Design program at Kendall College of Art and Design, named in honor of Detroit philanthropist Maggie Allesee. His students have gone on to design in major jewelry houses, to found their own studios, and to teach at the most prestigious institute in the fine jewelry field. He has lectured on his work and the use of CAD/CAM in art and design at dozens of universities and conferences across the country and as far away as England, Portugal, China, and Dubai. Most recently he was a presenter at the SIGGRAPH conference in Anaheim, where he presented the animated development of his chair sketch, Mutation. Since 2003 he has coordinated digital fabrication/3D scanning and printing technologies at Kendall; most recently through their interdisciplinary FlexLab project.