Wonder and the digital double

Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz, Anneke Pettican

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The collaborative art practice of Brass Art is hybrid, performative and playful. This paper will focus on Brass Art's long-term engagement with 3D body scanning. It will examine how it has been used as a method of self-replication. It will discuss "the double" in relation to the uncanny and demonstrate how Brass Art have manipulated their personal 3D data to create alter egos, using expressive 3D modelling techniques, moving lights and 3D printing processes to create installations and pre-cinematic shadowplays. As Marina Warner observes,
"The theme [of the double] is intertwined with technologies of reproduction, first optical, then, increasingly biological. Representation itself acts as a form of doubling: representation exists in magical relation to the apprehensible world, it can exercise the power to make something come alive apparently."
Brass Art will present a series of installations that have been exhibited throughout the UK, including: Moments of Death and Revival (Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Hoxton Square, London), Rooted and Established (Croft Castle, UK) and Inside the Invisible (A Foundation, Liverpool). Brass Art will also discuss a new research project combining crafted digital 3D body scans with museum artefacts that have been duplicated using laser and CT scanning methods. Still Life (No.1) will be exhibited in Dark Matters, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2011.
The presentation will also discuss future research projects, and reflect upon collaborations with: UK Universities, Industry partners including Wicks and Wilson Ltd, outside agencies including Ogle Models and Prototypes Ltd and RapidformRCA, alongside other creative practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies
EditorsNicola D'Apuzzo
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherHometrica Consulting
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783033031340
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2011
Event2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies - Lugano, Switzerland
Duration: 25 Oct 201126 Oct 2011
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies
Abbreviated title3DBODY.TECH Conference
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