Ceramics for the Anthropocene is the artwork resulting from the collaboration with traditional ceramics craftsmen from Albisola, Smart Grid engineering researchers from the Unige Department of Engineering and with digifabTURINg robotic fabrication researchers based at FabLab Turin.
The project was developed during the Radicate.eu european Sm/ART 2 residency. The artwork is on display at the prestigious Museo della Ceramica di Savona.
Thanks to extensive conversations with engineering researchers working on the innovative pilot Smart Grid Savona Campus plant and Albisolese ceramics craftsmen, Ceramics for the Anthropocene reflects on the concept of self-sufficiency, based on insights on the relationship between local heritage and future cities, indigenous resources and sustainable development.
The future of sustainable cities relies on the development of self-sufficient production systems based on the rediscovery and sustainable employment of indigenous resources.
The circular artwork is an accurate visualisation of the daily energetic consumption patterns of the Savona Campus for the year 2016, ‘sculpted’ by the analysis of the Smart Grid energy production and consumption data.
The artwork is divided in 2 sections: a central area representing the renewable energy produced on site (photovoltaics and micro-turbines), and printed with indigenous clays, and an external area representing the energy supplied by the national grid system, produced with industrial materials and waste.
By showcasing the proportions of the 2 supply chains, the artwork aims to bring awareness to the positive impact of ‘clean’ employment of locally available resource, empowered by innovative technologies, and at the same time shine a light on global, often un-sustainably sourced resources.