Reflection of Phases Past

This has been a very interesting class both in terms of learning about the processes involved in fabrication and practicing them but also the theoretical and historical framework that contextualizes the field.

My interest in playing with the materiality of the 3D printed objects and its processes through CAD and CAM glitches seems to have reached a logical conclusion in the project I did for Phase 1. I believe there are aspects of practice I can continue to draw upon it but simply  doing MORE “cool” glitches and MORE option tweaking in CAM isn’t going to result in an interesting project. It will only result in me retreading on a ground where I have walked before.

Instead, I want to incorporate something I learned from my Phase 2 research which is that 3D printing and the larger maker culture in its current form of neoliberal capitalistic policies isn’t going to dismantle the means by which we’ll be able to remove the existing socio-economic disparities.

Instead, I want to combine my original influence of the 3D Additivist Manifesto and explore the potential speculations on what are the possible radical, activist things that a 3D printer can print?

I want to speculate a project called “Tools for the Protester in 2025”, which would be a series of 3D printed speculative models that will try to create something new. It will be along the lines of Disobedient Objects exhibition in V&A Museum in London, but rather than collecting existing tools for protest, it will speculate new ones that fall in line to protect them from increasingly violent, oppressive tools being used by the police and military.

Some examples of this as seen in the Additivist manifesto are:

  • Tools of industrial espionage
  • Tools for self-defense against armed assault
  • Tools to disguise
  • Tools to aid/disrupt surveillance
  • Tools to raze/rebuild
  • Objects beneficial in the promotion of protest, and unrest
  • Surreal sculptures
  • Grotesque decorative objects

Rather than replicating what we already have, it will try to bring new things into existence that can then be used to constructively shape the social reality of our world.


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