The animation titled ‘We Met Heads On’ is a cultural remix of the 3D scan hackathon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY organised by Makerbot. The public were invited to 3D-scan the public domain sculptures to then modify and 3d print derivatives. The files ended up on object-file sharing network Thingiverse, giving me access to the scans, in particular ‘decimation study – met heads’ by scotta3d which is a derivative from another thingiverse user tbuser.
To continue the lineage of derivatives, I have sampled the low-polygon heads from scotta3d into a Processing sketch that distorts the meshes in realtime in response to sound and outputs the glitched object files. The input song “Air And Lack Thereof” by James Blake is digitally expressed as forces that twist the mesh to the strength of the soundwave.
The video is a ‘screenshot’ of the real-time process, making it both a digital performance piece in itself and a documentation of the digital process in which a 3D object file is created. The output mesh file was then fed back into the thingiverse community whom have 3D printed derivatives of the file.