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Material Speculation: Morehshin Allahyari Releases Collection So Public Can 3D Print Pieces Destroyed by ISIS

by • February 17, 2016 • No Comments

three12Many are yet cringing in horror over the devastation wrought by ISIS at the Mosul Museum in Iraq last year. In a violent plundering of the Mosul, the Jihadists entered the museum and went to work methodically smashing, toppling, and actually sawing artifacts into pieces. At the time, it was estimated that while most of the items destroyed were valuable replicas, a few of the statues and works of art were Assyrian artifacts as ancient as 3,000 years old—along with rare, original sculptures of the ancient trading city of Hatra.

Iranian media artist Morehshin Allahyari has been working for quite a few time now to recreate a few of the ruined pieces in 3D print. We began next her project, Material Speculation: ISIS, early this year, as she featured other 3D reconstructions, and after reverying out to archaeologists and staff at the museum, was going on to manufacture 3D models of most of the artifacts ruined of Assyria and Hatra.

Her work has finally culminated in the release of her collection so far (this is an ongoing work in progress) at Toronto’s Trinity Square Video, an artist-run video production centre. Whilst she has been working on uploading first files of Material Speculation, she is attempting to find a museum capable of archiving her files properly.

“I ponder the additional individuals who have access to this information, the less that history is forgotten in a way,” Allahyari explained to Motherboard. “The additional files that are saved on individuals’s computers, actually if they’re never printed, the number of PDF files that are read or kept, the additional that history that was firstly removed by ISIS can be saved.”


Morehshin Allahyari

Whilst her intent is to a fewhow save these relics and manufacture them on the market to the public again in the only way possible, she does not see the innovation being utilized as helpful to society when it’s utilized only for the sake of pumping out additional things; pretty, Allahyari, in a new interview with Motherboard, explained that she is via 3D innovation for a quite specific purpose here, and may like to see that continued as a whole.

“It’s not of celebrating it, but pretty asking individuals to use it in ways that are pushing boundaries and are additional than 3D printing a cube, that does nothing to add to the conversation and we will only end up with additional crap and kipple around us,” she said. “I ponder this project is a great example of how you can ponder of 3D printing, it’s additional than this create tool, you can quite ponder of it as a tool that allows for for political activism.”

By means of 3D printing as a tool to fight ISIS is of course a tricky question. One, you must ask by yourself what kind of impact she is manufacturing against them—although the impact in the gift she is giving the individuals is obvious, as they can can download, view, and actually 3D print the artifacts she is occupied manufacturing on the market via images she has discovered of them prior to the museum plundering.

On discussing the fact that oil is indeed a leading source of income for ISIS, and fundamentally she is ‘fighting back’ with an oil-based product in terms of plastic, Allahyari admits that she is yet attempting to figure a few of these things out, which include the concern that 3D printing equipment are pretty not on the market to equiteone, and not actually those in positions of privilege. As she charts her own course, she in addition inquiries that of others, as well as how the archiving of 3D files is being navigated.

“A lot of these projects that are saving Middle Eastern culture is that these are only tech companies that are going to the Middle East and Africa and 3D scanning things, but nobody quite knows where these files are going or who owns them,” she explained. “I ponder that is a big concern with this new innovation: is this digital colonizing that is bringing place around us as we speak?”

mainCertainly, only as most citizens around the world mourn death and destruction brought on by ISIS, all they can do is pick up the pieces and work to manufacture the world a advantageous, safer place in whatever tiny ways possible, only as Allahyari works to bring every museum piece back, image by image, download by download, print by print.

“MaterialSpeculation: ISIS goes beyond metaphoric gestures and digital and material forms of the artifacts by which include a flash drive and a memory card within the body of every 3D printed objects,” states Allahyari on her website. “Like time capsules, every object is sealed and kept for next civilizations. The information in these flash drives comes with images, maps, pdf files, and videos gathered in the last months on the artifacts and sites that were destroyed.”

“These materials were sourced by an intense research system involving contacting various archeologists, historians, and museum staff (of Mosul Museum to archeologists and historians in Iraq and Iran). In the coming months and as the final stage of the project, these 3D printable files can be archived and on the market online to download and be utilized by the public.”

We all have a responsibility to next generations to work to protect history, although Allahyari has pretty been brave in bringing on the challenge of rebuilding the Mosul inventory in a virtual 3D manner.

Allahyari was raised in Iran, but moved to the US in 2007. Her goal is to use innovation as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects, and as a poetic mean to document the very own and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century.

Discuss the way Allahyari is fighting the destruction of ISIS and preserving artifacts in the 3D Printed MaterialSpeculation: ISIS forum over at 3DPB.com.



Note the flash drive inserted within the piece.


Material Speculation: ISIS, Lamassu.