Educated first as an engineer, I am accustomed to critical and logical thinking on the academic level. Both in the industry and academia, with a focus on innovation in new technologies and science, it is often that ethical and emotional aspects are neglected and are addressed only when it is already too late.

As a designer, I try to keep a broader picture while connecting technology and human behavior. Working artistically on conceptual designs allows me to reflect on ethical issues that are often lacking in the strive for technological innovation.

Experienced in broad emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, I like to consider these machines as crafting tools that are part of a broader production/creation process. In my work, I research how to bring more complexity, colors, materiality and new characteristics to the produced object focusing on the desired outcome instead of the borders of technology itself. I tend to think about these technologies as simple tools of creation, just like a hammer, saw or screwdriver and to imagine a full assembly line instead of isolated machines. The combination of different machines capabilities combined already in the conception stage will help us meet the growing need for handling complexity.

As an artist, I like to break out of the logical thinking pattern of an engineer and explore technologies beyond its boundaries. Every machine that we use, was designed once by someone before, with certain features but also limitations. I explore these boundaries in my works and approach the technology with emotion and the notion of human imperfection, a quality that engineers highly repel. Working without the fear of making mistakes and exploring paths that are traditionally closed by logical processes, is the kind of personal contribution I like to make as part of a creative society. This conception of bridging worlds and changing perspective, I believe, emerges from my mix cultural family background.

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Mark