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Meet the Artist Who Is 3D-Printing Artifacts Destroyed by ISIS – Artsy

by • February 17, 2016 • No Comments

IK: What inspired you to 3D-print those works and embed the artifacts’ information in them?
MA: Over the last three years, I’ve been interested in considering of 3D printing devices as poetic and practical tools for digital and physical archiving and documenting. In my “D​ark Matter” ​series, I approached this additional of a political and cultural standpoint, focusing on objects which are forbidden or unwelcome in Iran. With “Material Speculation: ISIS,” I wanted to go on the same line of idea, in addition to considering of concepts related to the Middle East, oil, and jihad, and being inspired by Reza Negarestani’s C​yclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials​ book.
In the last year I’ve in addition generated a project in collaboration with artist/writer D​aniel Rourke,​ T​he 3D Additivist Manifesto. An significant aspect of our manifesto is the notion of 3D printing as experimental, radical, and censored. How can we ponder of it as a tool for changing the biological, political, environmental, and social next of our lives? My project fits into a few of the actions and ideas in our manifesto, but mostly the ones focused on political activism, re­building, and dissemination of information as resistance to power.
When I was in the middle of this research during my four-month artist residency at Pier 9, the video ​of ISIS destroying artifacts at Mosul Museum and other sites in Iraq went viral. Watching those videos was quite upsetting, not of a nationalistic standpoint, but only the quite act of destruction, violence, and wanting to ruin historical heritage as a political and religious message or as a display of power. This, for me, came with so most layers of very own relationships, and it created sense to integrate it into my research.


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