Design, Art and Activism 3D Printing / #Additivism Workshop

Design, Art and Activism 3D Printing / #Additivism Workshop

Danielle Avram


Past Event

Location Info:

Texas Woman's University Galleries
Texas St. at Oakland
Denton, TX  76204
In workshop writer-artist Daniel Rourke will tackle the question of ‘problem solving’ in design using dystopia, horror, and weirding as methodologies. Is it better to try to change the world or change ourselves, and what are the implications of taking a position? This workshop calls creators and thinkers to rethink a technology filled with hope and promise: the 3D printer. After considering the metaphorical and practical implications of additive processes, and exploring the revolutionary spaces opened up by ‘Art Activism’, workshop participants will devise practical or conceptual 3D printable designs that have radical implications. We will discuss and explore the potential of ‘the trap’ as a metaphor for thinking about design. We will reconsider activism as a form of ‘change’ and question the notion of ‘problem solving’ using dystopia, horror, and weirding as methodologies. In March 2015, Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke released The 3D Additivist Manifesto, a call to push technologies to their absolute limits and beyond, into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird. They then issued a call for submissions for a radical Cookbook of blueprints, designs, 3D-printing templates, and essays on the topics raised by their Manifesto. #Additivism is a portmanteau of “additive” and “activism,” a movement antagonistic to the timescales, infrastructures, and social givens layered into every 3D print. Additivist ideas and objects disrupt common boundaries, exhibiting a conceptual malleability reminiscent of plastic. #Additivism is a collaboration between artist and activist Morehshin Allahyari and writer/artist Daniel Rourke: a movement that aims to disrupt material, social, computational, and metaphysical realities through provocation, collaboration, and ‘weird’ / science fictional thinking. Morehshin Allahyari’s work with 3D printing, especially her ‘Dark Matter’ and ‘Material Speculation: ISIS’ series, focuses on the poetic relationship between 3D printing, plastic, oil, jihad and Technocapitalism and their relationship to activism and the political conditions of our time. Daniel Rourke’s written and artistic work investigates speculative and science fiction in search of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities), including extensive work on the intersection between digital materiality and the arts. / @additivism Daniel Rourke (@therourke) is a writer/artist/academic/etc. His research hijacks speculative and science fiction in search of a radical 'outside' to the human(ities), including extensive writing on the intersection between digital materiality, posthumanism, and the arts. He is a feature and review writer for and, and lecturer in Digital Media Arts at London South Bank University. Daniel will complete his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, in the Autumn. Morehshin Allahyari (@morehshin) Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic mean to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions around the world including Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Queens Museum, Pori Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Miami Art fair, and Material Art fair .Her work has been featured in NYTimes, Huffington Post, Wired, NPR, Rhizome, and Al Jazeera among others. Morehshin is currently an artist in resident (in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke) at the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research, in association with Transmediale, Berlin.


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