Casting Code: Reflections on 3D Printing | Half Day Symposium

Date: Monday 14 May 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: Keynes Library, School of Arts Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
All welcome and free to attend, but registration is required
Bookings can be made through the dedicated Eventbrite page

 This half-day interdisciplinary symposium will explore how digital 3D technologies are transforming the ways that art and cultural artefacts are produced, stored and shared.

3D printing has been used to reconstruct destroyed ancient monuments, inspire activist communities and help reimagine contemporary art practice. As digital 3D technology finds new applications in an ever-growing number of fields, it has opened up new possibilities for digital reproduction on a global scale, seeming to promise new alternatives to mass-manufacture and unprecedented opportunities for the circulation and exchange of objects.

The increasing role of digital 3D technology in the production and reception of art and cultural heritage raises numerous urgent aesthetic and ethical questions. Although many of these concerns – such as big tech monopolies, uneven accessibility and energy consumption – are shared with other areas of digital culture, their particular manifestations in relation to 3D printing technologies frequently animate these issues in ways that emphasise the interconnection between the digital and the material. As such, critical explorations of digital 3D technology can help to challenge out-dated distinctions between virtual processes and material objects and infrastructures, revealing some of the ways in which our world is being radically, but often silently, reshaped by the power structures that underpin digital technology.

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together artists, curators, conservators and researchers working in art history, law, media studies to explore the significance of 3D printing and associated digital 3D technologies for artistic and cultural practice.

For additional information about the event please see the dedicated Eventbrite page.

If you have any additional access requirements please get in touch with Elizabeth Johnson.

This event is kindly supported by the Lorrain Lim Postgraduate Fund and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology