Tosin And Theodore
Weightless <> Solid
In these experiments, we are interested in properties of fabric and how they are naturally refuted by the 3D scanning process. Fabric is inherently flexible and moldable, but it becomes a stiff object through the 3D scanning process. The deformations that occur through misinformation through scanning mold the fabric into something that it wasn’t before. Our method consisted of several moves. First, the material was scanned under proper lighting conditions. Pieces of the fabric would appear to dissolve in the resulting 3D artifact because there was some translucency in the material. We then did a separate set of experiments with low lighting to ameliorate this, and that process ended up artificially applying a sense of mass to the flat plane. We oscillated back and forth between the digital and physical by using a method of 3D scanning, using fabric stiffener to mold the physical fabric into a shape that captured the essence of the errored scan, then scanning this next iteration. In our animations, the blur and resulting textures play into our investigation of the patterned fabric as something lightweight and moldable, but also something that can become an object after the scanning process. In its repeated registration in digital space via reorientation, an unexpected form arises, appearing almost geological in its layered stratification. This process of physical-digital hybridization forces a single material to fluctuate between fragile weightlessness extreme solidity.