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3D Printing

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Jonty Hurwitz – Trust

Jonty Hurwitz used a scanner, model and 3D printer to make a reproduction, but not just any reproduction. He made microscopic reproductions of his models that were able to sit in the eye of a needle, or a pice of hair, and the head of an ant. the were so small he managed to lose them shortly after acquiring an electro microscope to photograph them. The 3D printer is used to push the limits of scale in human sculptures.

Julien Marie – <<Relief>>

Using a 3D printer Marie produces an animation of sorts depicting a man shoveling dirt. The project comprise eighty-five small printed sculptures on a clear plastic track and a light projector to create a film without using any film. this concept goes back to the idea of the zoetrope where a set of sculptures or images change gradually and with the application of strobe lighting or rapid switching between images the object appears to move. With this pice the use of a 3D printer is merely a means to producing the finished work known as <<Relief>>.

Robotic Artists

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The use of robotics has finally breached he scientific wall and ventured into the realm of art. the following two artists and their works show just how varied the use of robotics can be, from being the creators of the art to bing the apart of the final presentation, robotics is another tool artist can add to their creative arsenal.

Matthias Dörfelt – Robo Faber & Mechanical parts

Matthias has created a small bot that uses a fine-tipped sharpie and an algorithm to create art. The bot moves on two wheels and has a pen in the center that is raised and lowered according to the algorithm and series of functions it is carrying out. an interesting concept presented by Matthias is that these drawings produced by Robo Faber will be the same, and thirty years hence will represent the way he was thinking today; the bot will never improve or change its technique, it is essential frozen in its manner of reproduction.

Bot & Dolly – The Box

the other way that robotics are being used in the art world is in the presentation of the art. In The Box the robotic element is the “dancing” and the choreography between the projectors and the arms which are holding two blank, i repeat BLANK panels. The almost magical imagery shown is produced by the seamless moment of the arms and the projectors and the ability to communicate using the soft wear IRIS which was created by Bot & Dolly..

Installing Plants

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The concept of the living dead has long been of interest to people, often being expressed as zombies and vampires. However the 2000 installation by Marc Quinn known as Garden has brought that to life. This work is an enchanting garden full of plants, blooming at their peak, forever preserved in twenty-five tons of silicone. Their existence lies between the appearance of live and the halt of death. This work is not only visually stunning, it its a philosophical wonder, begging questions such as: at what point does the everyday become art? and When is the thing no longer a thing?

Pruned: Living Dead

Plants have many uses, they filter air and water, provide aesthetic beauty, nourishment, and now musical stylings. The mimosa plant, is a biological marvel, the slightest touch causes this ferny plant to close its leaves; much in the same way that sea anemones retract their appendages. Nina Tommasi’s Biological Instrumentation  takes the unique nature of the mimosa plant and combines it with pressurized air and electronic equipment to produce music you might find at an electronica dance rave. The one fascinating question that this work brings up is the natural algorithms of the word and how they could be taken to new applications.

Biological Instrumentation

the physical biology of plants is that they are un-movable once roots have been set, this is an evolutionary fact. However Fujihata Masaki and  Dogane Yujihave asked the question, “what if plant were capable of moving on their own” in pursuit of answering this question they created the installation Biological Ambulation Training, which involves reading the plants “brain waves” as they are moved three- dimensionally.

Biological Ambulation Training