Ex-Designer Project Bar
In November 2015 we started the project of the Ex-Designer Project Bar in an empty space on Calle Entença in Barcelona. Over the years, the space was constructed using three 3D printers to eventually create walls, a bar, lights, posters, letters, stools, glasses, plates and cutlery. All elements were digitally drawn and printed with additive printing technology in grey corn-based PLA. Plates and glassware were produced in colorless gastronomy-grade PLA.
The project meant printing the space even as the bar being open for business, with standard opening hours and times booked for events, conferences and performances.
The original plan was to finish in 2017, to coincide with the 20-year anniversary of my first exhibition, SPAMT + Techno-Tapas in Galería H2O in Barcelona. This was to include the finished interior of the bar and to convert the 3D printers to subsequently produce food, the bar snacks.
In 2017, at the DS20Y17′ exhibition held at the Galería H2O to commemorate these 20 years, Digital Spamt was presented. It was a 3D printed version of the mythical SPAMT, but the project was not entirely successful. We concluded that it wasn’t possible to print healthy and tasty snacks for a normally operating bar with any regularity or predictability. In 2019, Digital Nachos, made by 3D printing corn flour, were presented, but the results were generally unsatisfactory and required an outsized effort.
Not only were there problems relating to 3D printing food, but the bar itself had fallen behind schedule and was only 37% complete.
The bar interior was finished in February 2020, at the time when the pandemic was spreading around the globe. Lockdown began and forced the bar’s closure, and it remains closed.
The Ex-Designer Project Bar is finished and an inauguration is forthcoming.
The printing process of the interior of the Ex-Designer Project Bar was completed last February 2020. It had functioned as a working bar for over five years while simultaneously printing itself. A launch party was impossible due to the spread of COVID-19 and since then, the bar has been closed. An inauguration is forthcoming.
Transportable canvas as a base for painting was invented during the Renaissance. Ezra Pound believed it represented the beginning of capitalism and the democratization of the art world. Paintings, which had once been painted on walls and were thus connected to a building itself became, with canvas, easy to transport and relocate. They could therefore be more easily traded and sold.
In colonial times, the plundering of works of art by European countries, specifically architectural monuments, consisted of their extraction, transport and relocation to European museum rooms for their protection and exhibition.
The Ex-Designer Project Bar will be disassembled and rebuilt piece by piece into a self-supporting structure that will allow its mobility and display, decontextualized from the current location of Carrer Entença 3 in Barcelona.
With this process, the Ex-Designer Project Bar interior becomes the Ex-Designer Project Bar object.
In June 2021 the process of dismantling the bar began and the first PLA pieces have been extracted from the walls, to be repositioned in 23 ultralight wooden panels measuring 122x250cm, and 7 ceiling panels measuring 122x356cm. The total number of panels will be 30 and these will be stored in transport boxes.
Photographed by Inga Knölke.
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