Current thoughts and reflections re: DC

DC as ambiguous art project/ Plausible Deniability tool:

From the comments section of Ars Technica I came across a great term: ‘Plausible Deniability’. This legal term is a get-out-of-jail card for harbouring illicit things that have enough ambiguity or have been hidden within something else in such a way that in court you could make a very plausible claim that you had no idea you possessed anything illegal. DC and forthcoming projects could be designed to have a high ‘Plausible Deniability’ factor, that the encryption always results in aesthetically interesting transformations, and that the project is presented at art events and given art status, not necessarily to help the artist gain artistic merit, but to increase the validity in claiming that such DC corrupted artefacts were collected as art, or even better, that the piece of software itself is legally considered a tool that generates art, franchising the artistic immunity provided to artists to others that use such a tool. 

DC as Political tool:

How I intend Disarming Corruptor (and follow-up projects) to work on a political scale is to make government excuses for surveillance and censorship redundant. Mass surveillance projects are justified by the few cases in which such online networks are used for terrorist activity or other worldly distressing uses, i.e. ‘we need to look at ALL EMAILS because some terrorists may use email.’ From a technical point of view this is clearly a waste of time, a terrorist must know how to bypass big brother in most cases, or bury themselves into a deeper, darker web. Perhaps these special cases are simply a cover story for, um, mass surveillance. So to make the huge surveillance projects clearly inefficient and worth cancelling we need to make tools that controversially seem to aid our semi-fictional enemies of the state into not getting caught. So the next time a politician announces a new law or plan to censor this, or monitor that, in regards to 3D printing we could at least say ‘duh, haven’t you heard of disarming corruptor?’ 

New prints photographed & shipped in support of the Holo Kickstarter campaign. Top left one by @mariuswatz

New prints photographed & shipped in support of the Holo Kickstarter campaign. Top left one by @mariuswatz

A short video about the Exquisite Corpse show that prompted the Venus of Google. I’ve never been so myself during an interview, makes me laugh. 

The show will be on until Friday, in Farringdon, London. Details here

Final Reminder, I’m giving a talk tomorrow at Parasol Unit Art Foundation
Thursday 7 - 9 pm, near Old Street, London. £6/5 entry

Final Reminder, I’m giving a talk tomorrow at Parasol Unit Art Foundation

Thursday 7 - 9 pm, near Old Street, London. £6/5 entry

Venus of Google
27.2 x 14.9 x 8.0 cmz-corp powder 3D Print

Venus of Google

27.2 x 14.9 x 8.0 cm
z-corp powder 3D Print

Pestle & Mortar Cropped.

Pestle & Mortar Cropped.

A short documentary around my work by researchers from Media and Arts Technology programme, Queen Mary University of London. Thank you James Bridle, Laura Davidson and Dems for your insightful contributions. 

"Our hyper-rationalism of modern technology has paradoxically produced its opposite, an ‘irrational’ magical realm."

 Press release for Mark Leckey’s The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things.

yes, could not agree more.

Printer jam

For those following my story you may have noticed recent tensions with the 3D print service I use. Well today was a bad day, they cancelled my new projects too, also for ‘IP reasons’, meaning either they are being over-cautious or ignorant when it comes to 3D scanning and remixing artefacts. The service was truly disappointing as they processed my payments and yet never notified me about these decisions until I started chasing my orders 3 weeks later. However the real issue is this…

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"The highest level of expression is not to create something from nothing, but rather to nudge something that already exists so that the world shows up more vividly."
Lee Ufan, 1970, Artist associated with Japan’s avant-garde Mono-ha (Object School) group from the late 1960s. Source
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Digital Natives 3D Prints in colour.

Digital Natives 3D Prints in colour.

Digital informal economies

During a recent interview I was stumped when asked to make predictions about the future commercial development of 3D printing, and the consumer / DIY divide. I don’t see myself as a futurist nor am I terribly motivated by commercial enterprise, but this one looming question has incentivised me to deliver some (hopefully) inspiring thoughts posted below.

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5.1. Future Oriented but Past Positive

I’m going to propose the concept of a Future Oriented/Past Positive culture. It’s a little wordy and rough around the edges so feel free to ignore it or destroy me with your superior intellect. I’m only the artist, not the theorist.

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sekuMoi Mecy

3D colour print of an imperfect 3D scan with face colour shuffle done in Processing. Name generated by letter array shuffle also done in Processing.