Digital Craft will explore the many new and exciting intersections between cutting-edge digital fabrication and traditions of stone masonry. Phil White (the Dominion Sculptor), David Edgar (Chief Conservator Mason at the Parliament of Canada West Block), and James Hayes (PhD candidate, Carleton Immersive Media Studio) bring a wealth of historic knowledge, architectural research, and artistic innovation to questions of preserving traditional ways of making while embracing the evolving tools of computerized design. All three speakers are deeply involved in the future rehabilitation of the Parliament of Canada. Drawing on their expertise, Phil White, David Edgar, and James Hayes will describe how we can use contemporary means of making, including robots, to enhance the timeless techniques of stonework and the handcrafting of ornament, structure, and architecture.
Phil White studied art conservation techniques at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Cobourg, Ontario, and went on to a career in conservation and collection management at the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He was appointed Canada’s fifth Dominion Sculptor in 2006. The Dominion Sculptor is responsible for carving statues, portraits and decorative pieces to commemorate Canadian history, people, events, and character in the Parliament Hill Centre Block and other government buildings. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.