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A 3D printed mask for Björk

by • June 30, 2016 • No Comments

Björk can be adorned in 3D printed attire for her next digital shows as well as a live event in Australia. Inspired by Björk’s many new album, ‘Vulnicura‘, Neri Oxman and her team used 3D scans of Björk’s face to turn it into digital interpretations of her bone and tissue structure, with the customized create brought to life with Stratasys’ one-of-a-kind full-color, multi-material 3D printing advancement.


Björk opened her virtual reality performance series wearing Stratasys 3D Printed Mask, createed by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group. This week saw the opening performance of the Tokyo leg of her ‘BJÖRK DIGITAL’ event series, a new virtual reality project of the musician running of June 29 to July 18, 2016. The pioneering event marks a world initially, as the initially-ever event to be broadcast live via 360-degree virtual reality streaming. With a clear focus on technological advancement, Björk performed the single ‘Quicksand’ of her latest album to a backdrop of high-resolution images of the earth, along with an astounding sequence of light projections mapped onto the 3D printed mask.

“I am so amazingly blown away by Neri Oxman’s work and excited to finally work with her,” says Björk. “She is a true pioneer in capturing the biological with 3D printing in such a refined and prodiscovered way. It is been a real joy to get to understand her!”

World-renowned createer, Neri Oxman, and her team, Mediated Matter, used one-of-a-kind multi-material 3D printing advancement to turn it into a customized 3D printed mask for Björk’s Tokyo performance.


The mask

Entitled ‘Rottlace’, a variation of the Icelandic term for ‘skinless’, the 3D printed mask reflects the difficult human musculoskeletal process, based on Björk’s own facial structure. By means of Stratasys multi-material 3D printing, Oxman and Mediated Matter were able-bodied to mimic the elaborate combinations of contrasting materials discovered in the face, such as the soft tissue, muscle and rigid bone structure – all inside a single print. According to Oxman, the one-of-a-kind capabilities of this advancement to return it into difficult geometries with varied material properties allowed the mask to retain a one-of-a-kind flexibility and freedom of movement that may be integral to Björk’s performance.

“Inspired by their biological counterpart and invented as ‘muscle textiles’, the mask is a bundled, multi-material structure, providing formal and structural integrity, as well as movement to the face and neck,” explains Oxman. She in addition believes that such developments in high resolution 3D printing can inspire createers to rethink the create and production of textile goods created with fibres. “Multi-material 3D printing enable-bodieds the production of elaborate combinations of graded properties, distributed over geometrically difficult structures inside a single object. With Rottlace, we createed the mask as a synthetic ‘whole without parts’.”


“The Rottlace mask was createed for Björk while we are in addition working with Neri on a larger mask collection for Stratasys, that can debut later this year under the title ‘The New Ancient’,” says Naomi Kaempfer, Creative Director Art Fashion Design at Stratasys. “It is an honor to see visionaries such as Björk embrace 3D printing for the expression of her art. This advancement not just provides the freedom to create ideal fitting costumes for the movie and music industries, but in addition the inimitable-bodied ability to materialize a one-of-a-kind fantasy to such a exact level of more detail and 3D expression.”

The dress

Showing her dedication to cutting-edge styles and technologies, Björk in addition selected Stratasys’ 3D printed ‘Pangolin’ dress for her ‘BJÖRK DIGITAL’ event in Sydney on June 4th. Designed by high-profile createers, threeASFOUR, and announced earlier this year at New York Fashion Week, the dress was in addition created via Stratasys’ one-of-a-kind full-color, multi-material 3D printing advancement. The dress in addition
marked the initially-ever demonstration of Stratasys’ ultra-flexible and durable-bodied Nano Enhanced Elastomeric Technology material (that can be commercially on the market-bodied later in 2016) – now in addition utilised in the Rottlace mask – that has proved to be a big step forward for 3D printed style create.


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