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The Form is in the Code

Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series


In this seminar from the School of Art and Design, Jonathan Keep will explore how knowledge can be gained through doing: from abstract code to physical, material form.

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Gaining knowledge through doing – from abstract code to physical, material form. This presentation will be about why I use computation to generate my work and how natural patterns and chance are central to this way of working. I will cover the ideas and processes behind my 3D printed or more simply put, my computer guided coil built pots. This talk will be about incorporating 3D digital tools into the artist studio and how creative coding can be used in a ‘makers’ practice.

My way of working is rooted in a world view informed by evolutionary and ecological theory so my talk emphasises experience, materiality and process. It is not nature out there in the wilderness that interests me but the very same systems and psychological processes in each one of us, our inner wilderness.  I will discuss individual series of works while attempting to tease out topics or themes that have arisen out of the many digital projects that I have participate in.


Not easy to pin down, Jonathan Keep. He works between Art, Design, Technology and Science. As an independent creative practitioner he chooses to call himself an artist potter and is a leading exponent of studio based ceramic 3D printing. Born in South Africa he moved to the UK in 1986 and settled in Suffolk where he continues to live and has a studio. A graduate of the Royal College of Art he has exhibited widely and has undertaken artist residencies, workshops lectures, locally and abroad.

Further information

This seminar will be hosted by Lharne Shaw, Principal Lecturer in the Visual Arts Department.

Attendance at this event is free. For any queries, please contact Lharne Shaw.

Image credit: J Keep


12:00 - 12:30 Light lunch available
12:30 - 13:00 Talk from Jonathan Keep
13:00 - 14:00 Q&A
14:00 End

Location details


N35, Newton Building


Shakespeare Street

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