Volumetric Regimes: The Industrial Continuum of 3D

Join us on Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at 14.00 (online) for our next research event hosted by Possible Bodies (Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) in conversation with Martino Morandi.

The industrial continuum of 3D is a sociotechnical figuration and phenomenon that can be observed when volumetric techniques and technologies flow between diverse industries such as biomedical imaging, wild life conservation, border patrolling and Hollywood computer graphics. Its fluency is based on an intricate paradox: the continuum moves smoothly between distinct, different or even mutually exclusive fields of application, but leaves very little space for radical experiments and the resulting combinations are all but surprising. This conversation featuring Martino Morandi is an attempt to show how the consistent contradiction is established, to see the way power gathers around it, to get closer to what drives the circulation of industrial 3D and to describe what settles as a result. What possible techniques, paradigms and procedures for ‘computing otherwise’ can be activated around the representation of space-time, and which other worldings might be imagined?

Volumetric Regimes: material cultures of quantified presence (Open Humanities Press, DATA-browser series) proposes an intersectional inquiry into volumetrics which foregrounds procedural, theoretical and infrastructural practices that provide with a widening of the possible. The publication brings together diverse materials from a rich and ongoing conversation between artists, software developers and theorists on the political, aesthetic and relational regimes in which volumes are calculated. http://volumetricregimes.xyz

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Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting, “The Industrial Continuum of 3D.”

Possible Bodies (Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting) is a collaborative research on the very concrete and at the same time complex and fictional entities that “bodies” are, asking what matter-cultural conditions of possibility render them present. This becomes especially urgent in relation to technologies, infrastructures and techniques of 3D tracking, modelling and scanning. How does cyborg-ness participate in the presentation and representation of so-called bodies? Intersecting issues of race, gender, class, species, age and ability resurface through these performative as well as representational practices.
Martino Morandi wrote this bio text on a QWERTY keyboard on a Lenovo laptop on a seat of a Trenord train moving on the italian RFI rails, running on electricity from state hydro-electric power plants on the Alps. He researches the tangle of and our entanglements with these elements and is interested in the politics of our interactions with technology at different scales, from power plants to bio texts.