Handicraft: Traditional Skills in the Digital Age
Exhibition, MAK, Vienna, Austria.
Reflecting on the significance and status of handicraft as an integral component of material culture and cultural identity, this comprehensive MAK exhibition encompasses handicraft from historical times to current European perspectives, examines how handicraft can help preserve natural resources, explores new developments at the interface of digital technologies, and presents masterpieces from a range of craft disciplines.
Currently the terms ‘handicraft’ and ‘hand- made’ are used in an inflationary manner in advertising and lifestyle media. The Maker Movement and DIY culture have created a worldwide hype. Luxury labels explicitly foreground handicraft as a mark of quality and distinction, often in contrast to the reality of local craftspeople struggling for recognition and a fair wage