In 2012, MakerBot promised to revolutionize the practice of home fabrication with a product that allows simple, desktop 3D-printing at home. Yet it remains to be seen exactly what the masses will utilize this invention for the most: figurines? DIY projects? Or just more of those endlessly entertaining demo bracelets? Artist Micah Ganske kicks off 2013 with a deeply creative use of MakerBot’s 3D printing capability—designing and printing artistic sculptures depicting warped environments that point toward our future.
Ganske has an obsession with technology and the role it plays in humanity’s journey, as noted in his artist’s statement: “I believe in space exploration and the pursuit of technology as a vehicle to the future. There will be bumps along the way, because we are flawed. Some advanced technology will be used irresponsibly or simply for evil. However, the progression of science and technology also represents the evolution of our species.”
For Ganske, the very existence of consumer 3D printing resources is evidence of the science fiction-ness of our current reality, and the advent of MakerBot has led him to pioneer its polymer printouts as an artistic medium. As he puts it, “Just as important to me as the amazing results that can be achieved with this exciting technology, is what it represents as a forward-looking technology. The dream of being able to replicate objects has always been a fixture of science fiction and I whole-heartedly embrace it as a way to create impossible artworks.”
See some of these impossible artworks below.