Tailoring Form

The Anonymous History of the Template

During the month of April, pinkcomma will host an exhibition dedicated to the subject of templates. As mediating devices, templates negotiate between conception (drawing) and production (artifact), between data and graphic. As technological devices, templates translate form, as well as information, from one medium to another for the purposes of fabrication, organization, and visualization. The templates in Tailoring Form, culled from a range of industries and professions—shipbuilding, automobile design, navigation, architecture, and fashion—register shifts in the standardization of production and representation. In this context, Tailoring Form posits the template as a facilitating technology in a history of mechanization. The exhibition is curated by Fizer Forley, a research and design office in New York City and was previously displayed at the University of Toronto.