DIS2020

More than Human Centred Design

Performance and Design Exhibition

Embracing Imperfection in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Andrey Grishko, Media Innovation Lab, School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Israel.
Iddo Yehoshua Wald, Media Innovation Lab, School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Israel.
Hadas Erel, Media Innovation Lab, School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Israel.
Oren Zuckerman, Media Innovation Lab, School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Israel.
Paper available at the ACM digital library

Technology plays a major role in the reproduction of art and craft. While increasing accessibility to the public, reproduction also raises questions concerning authenticity and quality. 3D scanning and printing have extended reproduction boundaries, positioning them as opportunities in the artistic process. In this work we invite the viewer to consider the imperfection in the reproduction process as a distinguishing element that adds to authenticity. We present a “chain of digital reproductions”, a series of 3D-printed objects, beginning with a reproduction of the original Ennion’s Blue Jug. Next to the last reproduction, a 3D Printer and scanner prints the next reproduction in the chain. The exhibited work demonstrates how reproductions can gradually become independent of the original artwork and have their own unique meaning and aesthetics