Roderick Bamford

GM Loop Series - 'Vutilities'

GM Loop Series – Vutilities

Roderick Bamford


The ubiquity of digitized experience in communication conjures a familiarity with virtual expression, where substantial form becomes image space. The GM ‘Loop’ series examines its reversal, the transition of an embodied aesthetic from digital information to physical object. The forms are created using computer modeled imagery and thematically informed by the genetic modification of organic forms of food.

The GM series explores relationships between urban living spaces; pleasure and desire, interpreting our increasing exposure to technically mediated communications, artifacts, foods and environments. Personal reflection on the mainstream desire to produce cosmetic perfection in ourselves and in what we eat has inspired the GM series of forms. New archetypes anticipate a desire to reflect excess as the commonplace. The porcelain forms embody the range of variation that can accommodate today’s produce whilst having a capacity to bear engorged genetically modified varieties that may grace future living spaces.

As spaces become smaller and objects compete for interior space, GM ‘vutilities’ are proposed as hybrid artifacts that combine visual and tactile form with utilitarian function. The GM Series proposes aesthetic models for our perception and understanding of ordinary physical objects altered via technology, and explores the way design objects can physically express mutable knowledge extracted from the virtual environment.

“GM Fruit 03 Loop” was exhibited at the Manly City Art Gallery and Cofa Exhibition Perfomance Space, Sydney, NSW, and selected for inclusion in the International Academy of Ceramics Exhibition at WOCEK International Exhibition of Ceramics, South Korea.The work was acquired for the permanent International Collection (WOCEK).

Published references

Suh Jeong Gurl, Ed. IAC Members Exhibition, WOCEF International. World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon South Korea. 2004.

Stephens, S. ‘Future Function’, The Potters Society of Australia, Erskineville, 2002.

GM Loop Series

Roderick Bamford, GM Fruitbowl (2003). 67 x 20 x 13 cm. Photograph: Hwang Hyung-Man

Roderick Bamford, <i>GM Fruitbowl</i> (2003). 67 x 20 x 13 cm.  Photograph: Hwang Hyung-Man
Roderick Bamford, <i>GM Loop</i> (2003). Digital Render.