An MPhil research project at the Royal College of Art allowed him to explore how his interest in digital technology could be developed and combined with the craft skills that he had acquired during his previous experience as a potter.
Through this he investigates the relationship between hand and digital tools. He is particularly interested in how the tacit knowledge and sensibility to the 3 dimensional object, developed through extended ceramic practice can affect and influence the approach to the creation of objects using digital technology.
As a member of a unique generation that has bridged the digital divide, he firmly believes that he is able to contrast and compare life before and after the invention of the personal computer. For Eden it is a matter of choice, as life at the beginning of the 21st century has furnished makers with a wider choice of tools, materials and processes with which to realise ideas and concepts. All have their place, the new does not replace the old; the key is to make appropriate use of them.
Having attracted wide media and public attention, his work is exhibited internationally and acquired by a growing number of international Art Galleries and collectors.
2015 ‘Michael Eden: History Re-printed’. Solo exhibition at The Holburne Museum, Bath 2014 ‘Out of Sight: Drawing in the Lives of Makers’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London ‘British Design: From William Morris to the Digital Revolution’ Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow 2013 ‘The Language of Process’, Special Collections Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University 2013-14 ‘Out of Hand – Materialising the Postdigital’, Museum of Arts & Design, New York 2014 ‘Seamless: The Digital in Design’, Museum of Architecture & Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2013 ‘In Dialogue with the Baroque’, Galerie Handwerk, Munich ‘Making & Drawing’, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire 2012 10 Downing St. London ‘Send to Print, Print to Send, Aram Gallery, London 2011-14 ‘The Tool at Hand’, Milwaukee Art Gallery and US tour 2008-present with Adrian Sassoon: Masterpiece, London, London; SOFA New York; TEFAF, Maastricht; Pavilion of Art & Design, London and New York; Collect, London; International Ceramics Fair, London; London Art Fair 2010-12 LabCraft (touring Crafts Council exhibition) 2010 Venice Biennale Salone Internazionale del Mobile Berlin Design Festival Lodz Design Festival, Poland 2009 Object Factory II, Museum of Art & Design, New York 2008 ‘Treasury of Digital Form’, Galerie Handwerk, Munich 2008 Royal College of Art, London
Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon
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