The renowned Dutch Delftware originally started as an imitation of Chinese porcelain in the 17th century. Trying to match the original decorations, Delft potteries produced exact copies, but also Chinoiserie objects, with a creative mixture of styles from East and West. Forms and decorations developed into a distinctive Dutch style, acquiring fame around the world. These days Dutch Delftware is copied in China – the country is currently considered to be the global champion of copy-cat manufacturing. What would the original Delftware craftsmen think of today’s fakes? Investigating the relationship between original and copy, Yun Tian has staged a conversation between three animated plates: one from China, the second from Delft and the third a 3D-printed plastic plate. The animation projected on each tells the story of how knockoffs can stimulate creation and end up being ‘original’.
Photo by Ronald Smits