Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research 2016: Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke

Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, The 3D Additivist Manifesto
Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, The 3D Additivist Manifesto,, 2015

For the Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research 2016, we are pleased to announce that jury members Inke Arns, Kristoffer Gansing, and Daniel Irrgang have selected Morehshin Allahyari’s and Daniel Rourke’s project #Additivism.

Morehshin Allahyari’s and Daniel Rourke’s project #Additivism sets in motion a critical approach towards 3d-printing as a technology which is all too often subsumed into the hype factor of “maker culture”. The project of additivism is a timely response to the (post-)anthropocene age where the originary agency of human creation is being called into question both by machinic automation and environmental crisis. As a bastard methodology located somewhere between accelerationism and subversion, it brings together art, design, and engineering in a radical mixture that aims at nothing less than writing the world anew. This approach that enables a concretion of the algorithmic abstraction of 3D printing resonates strongly with Vilém Flusser’s thinking on the technical image.

For Flusser, the capacity of the technical image, a central ontological concept of his media theory, is the “concretion of the algorithmic abstraction”. Unlike traditional images, technical images do not represent the world. Due to processes of analysis, caclulation, and computation, technical images are projections of abstract concepts. Flusser believed that one day there wont be a difference anymore, on a cognitive level, between concrete objects and so-called simulations: “If I define a hologram just as well as my nervous system defines this table, then there is no real technical reason anymore to state that this table is the original and the hologram is a simulation, or vice versa. This would be metaphysics. If I define this hologram better than the nervous system does then suddenly this table becomes a simulation of the hologram. This is my argument against Baudrillard.” At the same time Flusser believed that such new technologies which enable the creation of new worlds should be deployed as to promote liberation: to break out of the capitalist pre-determined structure of the program and to experimentally try out new possibilities; to not become a “functionary” of the program but a creative “player” against its determinations.

The Vilém Flusser Residency Program for Artistic Research 2016 will enable the artists to develop their project of #Additivism through a series of workshops and the completion of their ambitious 3D Additivist Cookbook that will both collect neighbouring projects and facilitate the further distribution of the #Additivist methodology.

The residency program is a cooperation between the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of Arts (UdK) and transmediale, festival for art and digital culture Berlin.


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