Synopsis: A 3D printer is used to recreate the statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in green plastic which then exits ‘stage left’. This is a credited work with music suitable for screenings.
Technology can be a double edged sword. On one side, it can be a great enabler and emancipator, massively augmenting our powers to communicate and perceive. On the other, we risk being dazzled by this endless pursuit of technological perfection, held in thrall to the miracles of commerce where it becomes the object of worship.
3D printing, like much digital technology, has the potential to expand our senses, turning the objects of our imagination into physical reality. However, at present, its most popular use is by hobbyists to recreate objects of popular culture as small plastic models which then gather dust on shelves.
‘Modern Wonder.’ operates on the cusp between the ‘real’ and the ‘virtual’. 3D printing is a technology that takes the ‘virtual’ and makes it ‘physical’ while ‘Modern Wonder.’ effectively does the opposite, dragging this physical process back into the world of simulation from which it came.
A 20 minute single channel video installation without music titled 'Modern Wonders.' can be seen here:
A preview of a six channel video installation of this work can be seen here:
Modelled in Blender and rendered using Cycles.