Akiko Busch writes, "Objects, like people, can live double lives. And contemporary sports equipment thrives - with subtlety, wit, and pure exuberance - on its rich double life. The new materials and technology of such equipment have redefined the way sports are played, enhancing speed, force, distance, height. At the same time, however, their forms spell out clearly and consistently our cultural profile. For all the energy and vitality this equipment represents, what it may do with the greatest agility and grace is serve these two functions at once." (Design For Sport, 1998)
The designers and engineers featured in Redefining Agility are part of a new generation of ‘craftspeople', actively utilizing the characteristics of fibres and polymers to create highly specialized bespoke objects. Prototyping new equipment for unforgiving scenarios, they are applying their skills wherever boundaries of agility need to be redefined.
A print publication is for this exhibition is available for sale at Objectspace and as a free download.