Cas Spoelstra // Remediated Illusion

2013

Moving a cube through the digital and physical domain

Remediated cubes

3D graphics are becoming more common place each day. More and more movies for example rely on digital tools to build realistic imagery to build a believable world. A realistic illusion to fool us into accepting what we are seeing as fact rather than fiction. With current techniques the digital 3D graphics can be hard to distinguish from the physical objects they are representing.

First, second and third generation of the cube in the physical domain

The gap between the physical and digital world isn't that large however. Virtual realitiy is bringing our digital comprehension of the world closer to that of the physical. With the advances of 3D printers, models can be created with excellent detail, thus being able recreate digital objects into the physical. Especially with the 3D printer the domains of the digital and physical begin to clash. The 3D graphic that is stored on a hard drive is no longer just an illusion, it has the possibility of becoming physical reality. The gap between the physical and digital world isn't that large however. Virtual realitiy is bringing our digital comprehension of the world closer to that of the physical. With the advances of 3D printers, models can be created with excellent detail, thus being able recreate digital objects into the physical.

Especially with the 3D printer the domains of the digital and physical begin to clash. The 3D graphic that is stored on a hard drive is no longer just an illusion, it has the possibility of becoming physical reality.

We can no longer degrade 3D graphics as mere illusions, we merely see them on screen instead of on a table. Much like we view music, the song remains the same when played on soundcloud.com or from a CD.

This installation is an critical thought experiment on how the digital and physical domains are intersecting. I created a box in the digital domain and subsequently printed it with a 3D printer. By scanning the printed cube using AutoDesk's 123D Catch app I recreated the printed cube in the computer again. By repeating the process 3 times, but printing the scanned in boxes, the rectangular box is shifting from one domain to the other, transforming as it goes. Which domain does the cube inhabit?

Second, third and fourth generation of the cube in the physical domain
First generation of the physical cube
Second generation of the physical cube
Third generation of the physical cube
Fourth generation of the physical cube