Mann aspires to the impossible - the materialisation of the immaterial into a solid, permanent state. Flight – Take Off transforms the intangible flight path of a bird into a tangible object - a frozen moment in time. Five seconds each of the take off and landing of the bird have been captured by StroMotion™ technology. This is based on stroboscoping (a means of analysing rapid movement) so that the bird is perceived as a series of static images along its trajectory. Mann has then, frame-by-frame combined these 2D images into a virtual 3D surface. These objects were fabricated from this data through 3D printing technology.
Mann trained in 3D Design at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and studied Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, London. He works as product artist, digital consultant and lecturer and his current research focuses on creative ways of ‘humanising’ the processes of digital production. Mann has recently exhibited at Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany; New York Central Library, USA; and at the International Festival of Glass, UK.