Each year, the Digital Stone Project and Garfagnana Innovazione work together to bring an international cohort of artists, architects, designers, educators and students to the historic Garfagnana region of Italy. While in Italy, participants gain experience working with high technology and ancient Tuscan stone. During the month-long Residency, participants are giving the opportunity to produce work carved using a combination of robotic manufacturing technologies and traditional hand-carving tools. Our partner, Garfagnana Innovazione, offers participants a unique opportunity to employ the latest innovations in digital stone carving. As an incubator of new techniques, the Residency provides a wide range of professional development opportunities focused on technology and materials.
As part of our annual Digital Stone Carving Residency, the DSP organizes and mounts group exhibitions highlighting the work of Residency participants. Additionally, the DSP regularly organizes international symposia, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions which share the work and research of artists engaged with technology and stone.
Jon Isherwood is a sculptor known for his pioneering integration of digital technologies into the artist’s studio. Isherwood is committed to leading international projects, mentoring artists, and researching the ways intellectual, procedural, and physical matter collide through art.
The Digital Stone Project was founded in 2005 by sculptors who wanted to create a new way of working in stone by leveraging the burgeoning digital technologies. The board is made up of pioneers who have been working with digital media in sculpture for 25 years. The Digital Stone Project has a partnership with the Garfagnana Innovazione located in Tuscany. Garfagnana Innovazione is a state-of-the-art technology center equipped with robotic stone cutting equipment and access to the best sculptural marble in the world. We aim to organize and support residencies for artists to travel to Garfagnana and create new works of art in stone. Our goal is to create a sustainable annual Residency, an annual exhibition schedule, and grow a network of artists working with stone both digitally and traditionally. Saluti!