Digital Sculpture

March 22, 2008

Bruce Beasley

Beasley is a recognize sculptor who uses 3 dimensional modeling to create his pieces. The digital tool allows him to work on the sculpture in a very spontaneous way, and accident can be save and developed in a very interesting manner.  I found some of his work very intense. The shapes used are generally very simple, but harmoniously put together. I am very keen on this kind of approach, using abstract geometric shapes with heavy concrete materials, such as bronze, aluminums…etc.

Cast Aluminum,1963


Corinne Whitaker

I have been looking into different Virtual and Digital sculpture’s forum, and this name kept pop in up.  I am desperately searching for her website (she must have one).
Here we go:

I felt very hard to find a female artist in the digital world. So it was quite endearing to find one in this field.  This artist creates sensuous and organic shape virtually and physically.   I really like the simplicity of the forms, and in the same time, you can feel a very strong touch of feminism.


“There are those who feel that digital art is created by a machine. I suspect that the same discomfort was expressed about photography some 150 years ago. The computer is essentially a big dumb box with almost infinite potential. It takes the sensitivity of the artist to work magic with any tool, be it paintbrush, crayon or computer.” Corinne Whitaker


3D Sculpture

March 14, 2008

Dan Collins

When I heard the word 3d Sculpture, the imae wo crossed my mind was “Twister” by Dan Collins

Or should we say the 3Dman is one of the pioneers of 3D sculpture. I particularly loved one of his self-portrait called “Twister”. The data were acquired with a Cyber ware full-body laser scanner. For the little story, Collins stood on a turntable, which was driven by his wife. This little simple touch, movements were captured during by the scan and gave this amazing and interesting distortion.

This is the 3d data gathered by the laser sc This is the final object printed layer by layer


There are some other artist out there exploring this technology creating beautifull and unusual artifacts.

Michael Rees

This artist has been exploring aesthetic vs artificial Life. One of this major piece “Putto8” appeared in every Digital Art textbooks. The first step of his worked is based on 3d modeling/animation, and then bring them to “Life” , bring then into our physical world using different media. Such as sculpture made of resin –filled plaster, or fiberglass etc…
This way of thinking, executing is very appealing. I am very fascinated by the process and the use of different material to recreate a 3d Print. I am seriously considering this concept on my final project.

Putto 22222
Black Patina on Bronze
Putto 82222 v2
Resin-filled plaster,3d print,Aluminum paint
Putto 82222


You can find an interesting paper on Putto 4

Artist statements of this 2 artists can be found o=in this website
3D sculpture – Rapid Prototyping

I came across this very interesting website: Bitforms

This is actually a gallery in New York City devoted to new media art practices. Since 2001, bitforms gallery has become a highly recognized place of exhibition for artists, curators, and collectors exploring new art forms. If I go back to New York I will definitely have a look. You can see pieces from artist such as Michael Rees, Golan Levin or even Manfred Mohr. This gallery is covering only bitforms art but any digital Art creations.


Generative art 2

March 7, 2008


What is Framsticks? a three-dimensional life simulation project. If you take the time to play with this application, you realize that this tool is quite versatile. You can model, simulate and optimize virtual agents, with three-dimensional body and embedded control system. Simulation model is described first. First the system introduces specific tools supporting human understanding of evolutionary processes, control and behaviors. I could not resist to play with it …PC only.

I did not have enough time to get further in the application, however the application is quite straightforward and easy to understand. You can choose different behaviors, sometimes quite complex…..


The Ant Farm

I played with this one, which I found very worthy of note especially for the behaviors.
The ant farm is a well-known simulator based on the ant’s aptitude to coordinate task of food gathering and their skill to recognize odors and own trace.
In this set up the ant does not have any memories and consequently do not remember their nest or food location. Instead they will follow odor traces placed on the ground. The trace will vanish after awhile which make their life a lot more disturbing.


Golly Simulator

At this moment I am looking at the Golly simulator. This is an open source
However there is an open source, a cross-platform Game of Life simulator called Golly. This application integrates different patterns and behaviors wrote in Perl or Python. It is very flexible in a way

Currently under development by Andrew Trevorrow and Tomas Rokicki. Our goal is to write a world-class Life simulator, solicit ideas and help from the planet’s best Life hackers, and share some of


I did found quite a few simulator, however, most of the time they are based on a square pixel behavior, which end up not very appealing graphically.

LifeLab Simulator


Golan Levin

I think there is no need to introduce Golan Levin. If I say things such as “The Dumpster’, “Messa De Voce”, “Swimming Particules” etc…., that should ring the bell, if not click straight away on the link and have a look.


is an interactive software artwork, developed in 2001, which allows the user to gesturally engage with “Diffusion-Limited Aggregation” (DLA), an organic simulation of a kind of tree-shaped mineral growth.


Golan website- Worth the detour


Evolving Computational Creatures
Beautiful website page, covering theme such as evolution, emergence, locomotion/movement etc…with example made from different artists.
To refresh my skill in Flash I add a go on the bacteria based system…and here the piece.

Unfortunatly I could not upload the flash file…..


generator x – generator art movement

Generating Art using real-time video graphic such as VVVV or processing
Some rally interesting projects are made with generating video. Most of the project in this 2 websites are fascinating, especially graphically. It is amazing what we can do with codes …..!!! I think I should learn, I start to get frustrated now.

Sommer and Mignonneau

I cannot move on to my next study without mentioning this two artists/engineer. They worked on different projects based on Genetic Art: a metaphor for artificial life, evolution, and gene manipulation. Beautiful work, a must seen.

click on the picture to see the animation



Generative Art

February 28, 2008

Our machines are disturbingly lively,
And we ourselves frighteningly inert
Donna Haraway, Symians, Cyborgs and women

Karl Sims

Artificial life and intelligence has been an area of research on science and sci-fi for decades.
Some artists/engineers researched and worked

on the subject for year. On of those artist who I think he excel on is Karl Sims.
Karl Sims studied computer graphics at the MIT Media Lab and wrote a very interesting Paper on artificial evolution. This paper is very good starting point, a very good overview to approach the subject. “Artificial Evolution for Computer Graphics” by Karl Sims which appeared in Computer Grapics, July 1991,
“Artificial Evolution for Computer Graphics” by Karl Sims


However one on my favorite piece, which I think, is amazingly impressive, especially knowing the fact that his worked on the subject were done in the 90’s.


The name refers to a theory that life exists and is spread through the universe in the variety of germs or spores. The all piece put the viewer in the middle of a virtual world of a breeding “extra-terrestrial” life form, and portrays a life cycle of its unusual system.
Attempts were made to bring together several concepts:

chaos, complexity, evolution, self-breeding/spreading entities, and the nature of life itself.


This piece made out of different using random mutations of plant shapes until a variety of interesting structures emerged. This is just beautifully created and thought. This is proof that science can be use in art with a high level of what call aesthetic.

Benjamin Fry

Tendril – A WebCrawler as a system of type Tornado -2001

Flipping through the book “Creative Code” written by John Maeda, I came across a piece called “WebCrawler as a system of type Tornado”. A kind of wriggling typographic creature that grows as it feeds from the web, grabbing new information to assimilate them into a an elegant form.






Ben Fry again…..
This is exactly what I am looking into for one of my module, well in a very simplified way, just the organic part should we…. This project was using the process of organic information design to visualize the changing structure of a web site, juxtaposed with usage information.




Atmosphere project

I am still checking the same guy over the net, and came across this….
Atmosphere is another project by Ben Fry. This application, should I say, presents a large array of information on a wide presentation screen, which could be manipulated by three handheld devices within the gallery space. The visitor takes one of the devices and moves it within a designated area, thereby manipulating the information presented both on the screen and the larger projection. Playing with data in a 3d environment, a bit likes a 3d desktop. I really like it Aestheticly speaking, I am not really sure about the concept.




Artificial Evolution

For my project I started to look at some application to see and analyze how I should approach and what are the key information needed for this kind of task.
At this moment I am looking at the Golly simulator. this is an open source project, a cross-platform Game of Life simulator called Golly. This application integrates different patterns and behaviors wrote in Perl or Python. It is very flexible in a way. The behaviours are very interesting. The Game of Life is a simple example of a set of rules more broadly known as a “cellular automaton”
The rules are simple –the cells on the grid has two states: “dead” or “alive”. The state of every cell changes from one “generation” to the next according to the states of its 8 nearest neighbors: a dead cell becomes alive (a “birth”) if it has exactly 3 live neighbors; a live cell dies out if it has less than 2 or more than 3 live neighbors. The “game” of Life simply involves starting off with a pattern of live cells and seeing what happens.



3D Hybrid

February 19, 2008

When I first heard that title I mainly thought about Sculpture. However not a sculpture modeled in clay or stones etc.., but more of something created with a 3d Application and transferred in one way or another in our real world.
When I said one way or another I meant physically such as a real sculpture and virtually –Augmented reality.
I believe my researches are going to be mainly based on these 2 themes

Rob Fisher

Sculptor Rob Fisher was one of the first to be interested in working with digital technology and started to use computer as a tool.

River Rock, Granite, Stainless Steel, Aluminum 2001

This piece explores the relationship between containers and contained. The central element is kinetic and moves with the wind. This artifact combines both digital and traditional method.
The sculpture summarizes pretty well the possibility of a 3D application in our real world. Complexity and simplicity merged together making a 3d tools and physical tool complimentary.


Sam Buxton

For my first assignment I have to found 4 subjects of study related to 3D Hybrid. Of course I could have immediately jump on some research around 3d Software such as Maya, however real sculpture for example is called a 3d object too. So I decided to look into some different approach and different way to obtain, create a 3D object.
Last year, I went to a talk in Kenetica Museum, the guest was Sam Buxton. The artist designer made himself quite famous in the digital art world with some object such as The “Clone Chair”. Nevertheless, during his talk he told us how he has been noticed as a Designer. He decided to design an unusual business card. The business card became actually a highly detailed fold up structure.
Sam Buxton wanted to design himself a unique business card that would really show off his talents, so he designs a card that replicated a 3D version of himself working at his computer.
MIKRO House. It’s a flat piece of stainless steel that becomes dimensional when unfolded. I really like the idea, in a way very simple but obviously very effective indeed. The Mikro man fold up sculpture can be bought and collected. Different everyday scene has been created.

The Mikro series was born.
Different everyday scene highly detailed fold up structure, has been disigned and sold .


Origami Sculpture

After looking at Sam Buxton work, I could not move on to another subject without a little detour to origami Art.
Origami  (Paper folding) or, the art of paper folding is a traditional craft in Japan, which has been practiced for centuries.
One of the most famous Origami designs is the International Peace Crane, which represents hope for peace all over the world.  The paper crane became a symbol throughout the world when the story of Sadako Sasaki became known.
Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, J on August 6, 1945.  1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she faint and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, “the atom bomb” disease. One day her best friend told her
of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be given a wish. Hoping that the gods would make her wish come true, to  get well so that she could run again ,  She started to built paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve.

I will write “peace” on your wings, and you will fly all over the world. -Sadako Sasaki

I have never heard of that story before, I will never look at origami in the same way ever
Amazing object can be done with a simple piece of paper, however no cutting is allowed.1000’s of Diagrams can be found on the web I was very interested by this 2 websites, especially by the work of the Eric Joisel. It never crossed my mind we coud achieves this kind of piece with a simple piece of paper….

“The Dwarf” By Eric Joisel

It is hard to believe that this piece is made out of a single piece of Paper! Is it really?