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  Keith Brown Jason Brown Brit Bunkley Russell Chater  
  Christopher Dean Peter Hofer John Hyatt Drummond Masterton  
  MIRIAD 3D Design Group Adam Nash Mark Palmer rootoftwo  
  Soda Jen Southern Michael Trainor Lee Vincent  
  Marcus Williams/Susan Jowsey Derrick Woodham      

Christopher Dean - Fast-uk Artist
in Residence 2003

Artist in residence for Fast-uk, Christopher Dean created a new digital sculpture work using the FreeForm modelling system during the exhibition. This system allows the artist to use new digital touch technology to explore “making” beyond the normal parameters of physical modelling and sculpting. The FreeForm modelling system uses Haptic feedback which enables a sculptor to manipulate and model a digital form on a computer screen by using his sense of touch. While resident, the exhibition visitor was able to see a digital sculpture work being created, the technology and the processes used and had a chance to experience the interactive Haptic technology. Christopher


Dean’s work looks at the inseparable interaction of the human figure with the landscape, originally creating form through traditional methods, developing ideas through hands on interaction with materials like clay, wax and stone. He now works solely in the digital medium, yet still retains the hands on feel for form through using this innovative, virtual reality, digital modelling system called FreeForm.

Christopher Dean trained at Wolverhampton (1976-79) and the Royal Academy of Arts (1979-82), London. He worked in Somerset producing sculpture for public and private commissions and for exhibition. His work ranges from medals to large stone carvings from portraiture to site-specific in the round and in relief. He has been artist in residence and ran sculpture workshops in Primary schools and community colleges and professionally taught for several years in secondary schools, FE colleges and universities.

He is the first sculptor in the UK to work exclusively with the FreeForm modelling system which was launched worldwide in 1999, since then he has gained extensive experience in this field as an artist and sculptor and commercially as a modeller, FreeForm trainer, and lecturer. As well as this he has collaborated on many research projects ranging from sculpture conservation to industrial design and has set up Freeform Studios in 2001. He is now based in Cheshire.

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