Content Aware Studies
3D scans of classical sculptures from renowned international museum collections (i.e., British Museum, Metropolitan, National Roman Museum etc.). The algorithm generates models, which are then 3D printed in various synthetic materials, filling the voids in the eroded and damaged marble sculptures. Some of these algorithmic outputs are turned into new entirely marble sculptures uncanny in their algorithmic integrity. They render the work of synthetic agency that lends a faithful authenticity to the forms, while also producing bizarre errors and algorithmic normalisations of forms previously standardised and regulated by the canon of Hellenistic and Roman art.
The work examines questions and topics of bias, authenticity, materiality, automation, authorship, knowledge and history. It inspects what visual and aesthetic qualities for such guises are conveyed when rendered by synthetic agency and perceived through our anthropocentric lens. What of our historical knowledge and interpretation, encoded into the datasets will survive this digital digestion?
It examines new forms of historical knowledge and artistic production and calls into question the ethical implications of such approaches in relation to culture and the notion of endangered anthropocentric world.
CAS_10 Telephos Drapery;
‘Open Codes’, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2018
Curator: Peter Weibel
Marble, polyamide, machine learning algorithms, 3D scanning, 3D printing, video installation