MATERIALISING THE DIGITAL AND PROJECT IDEAS

Inspiration from Out of Hand Exhibition:

I went to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, formally known as the Powerhouse Museum, in Sydney. There I visited the Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital exhibition. This exhibition explores the increasingly important role of digital manufacture in contemporary art, science, fashion, design and architecture. Many works curated in this exhibition were created by 3D printing technology, CNC machining, laser cutting, and digital knitting and weaving.

In particular, a work that strikes a chord with me was Richard Dupont’s Untitled #5. This is a larger-than-life, full-figure self-portrait that has a wavy distortion that seems more exaggerated when viewed from different perspectives. He achieved this effects by running a wave pattern through a digital model that was drawn from a 3D scan of his body. Using a combination of further 3D scanning, plaster casting, 3D printing, and C.N.C. milling, the figure was created in sections and assembled together, from which a mold was created, and then the final sculpture cast in polyurethane resin and hand-finished. This combination of 21st-century and traditional production methods is one example of the various artistic approached of today.

Richard Dupont’s ‘Untitled #5’ 2008

I was so intrigued by this work because of the elements of surrealism and its large scale. I have always wanted to create works that shock or interest an audience and I believe this work does both. It’s obvious that it is the human form, however due to its wavy distortion it seems other worldly. Dupont’s practice of combining 21st century and traditional production methods is a concept that I wish to explore further in my major works. I love the fact that this is such an unusual installation and a shocking way to present a self-portrait.

In previous weeks, I have furthered my research in the field of guerrilla marketing. This is an advertisement strategy concept designed for businesses to promote their products or services in an unconventional way. Thinking about this practice and Dupont’s Untitled #5 has allowed me to develop some basic ideas for the MEDA301 Major Project. I would like to create a work uses an everyday object or image (possibly a technological device) that is identifiable to everyone and slightly distort or melt it, so that it is almost unrecognisable. Whether this be presented in a digital format or an installation, I would like to create some sort of shock or confusion from an audience when they view the work. Concepts that I would like to work with would be surrounding technology and its impacts on today’s society.

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