Serial 3D printing
Since prehistoric times things were copied, rebuild and rearranged, books were transcribed manually before the invention of the printing press. Reproduction technologies are evolving out of a long history of previous techniques like lithography and photography. The “serial 3D printing” is a contemporary version that is enhanced with a negative silicone mold. Meaning that this negative form is generated based on its digital replica. The printed silicone negative mold is the origin for the subsequent series. As the negative film is the origin for the analogue image the negative silicone mold is the origin for the physically produced series.
Serie: Flip FLop
The Flip Flop as an insignia for globalization, a mass-produced article, an icon for simplicity, is a multi-layered symbol. For the western hemisphere it is a feature of leisure, summer and beach, somewhere else it is an affordable basic shoe. This difference in both symbolic and cultural meaning is what encouraged me to do this serial-produced project.
It is based on a digital simulation wherein a digitally made footprint wears a Flip Flop off. So there were neither a “real” foot nor Flip Flop that was used as a model for the physical series. This digital simulation of wearing a Flip Flop out is an absurdity of the digital reproduction process and emphasizes the question of the raison d'être of digitally traces in physical objects. 3D printed objects can be distinguished from other products by their layered characteristics representing a unique way of manufacturing.
In Deconstruction according to Derrida the trace is a witness of an action and therefor a reference of the used technique. Concrete, as a construction material symbolizing constancy and stability, is contrasting the soft Flip Flop plastic and also representing a redundancy.
Manufacturing a series, stereotyping and trivialization of an object like a Flip Flop just not only poses the question of trace and impact of the reproduction technology “serial 3D printing” but also emphasizes the interaction between the original and the copy.