Artefact created by Brendan Reid, AHRC funded PhD Student at the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE.
Boxvoxfox was originally designed as part of a series of objects which celebrate the centenary of Charles Darwin's birth. Through a combination of 3D scanning and by adapting the parameters of the computer software an evolutionary approach was adopted. By altering the software parameters the computer software became a collaborator in the aesthetics of the object. The algorithms were used as a system which handed control of object over to the machine. At the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century a raft of technical innovations challenged the limitations of human perception. Technological inventions, such as Marey's chronograph and Rontgen's X - Rays, challenged the primacy of the human senses, notably the naked eye. In our current digital age how objects are perceived and constructed are once again being challenged. Limitations of perception are once again being challenged through modern day extends of Marey's chronographs. Computational methods of coding and the use of computer algorithms once again allow artists to create objects beyond the limits of human perception.
Included in Inside Out - a compelling international touring exhibition featuring forty-six miniature sculptures produced in resin using 3D printing technologies. Developments in virtual computer visualisation and integrated digital technologies are giving contemporary makers new insight and opportunities to create objects and forms which were previously impossible to produce or difficult to envisage.
The exhibition was the result of collaboration between the Art Technology Coalition, the University of Technology Sydney and RMIT University in Australia along with De Montfort University, Manchester Metropolitan University and University College Falmouth incorporating Dartington College of Arts in the United Kingdom.
The Inside Out Exhibition was launched at Object Gallery in Sydney on June 4, 2010 (exhibition dates: 5 June - 25 July 2010). A website, featuring images and information on all works included in the Inside Out collection of miniature sculptures, was launched just prior to the Object Gallery launch.
Video coverage of the stereo-lithographic (3D printing) process is featured on the website and alongside the exhibition, so as to communicate and demystify the process.
After being exhibited at Object Gallery (Sydney), the Inside Out collection embarked on a touring program in the UK:
DMU Cube Gallery, Phoenix Square - Film & Digital Media, Leciester, 1st - 21st September 2010
Righton Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4th - 26th November 2010
The Poly (as part of the Cornwall Design Season), Falmouth, 29th March - 2nd April 2011