Art & Future Studies:

Much of my recent work can be considered a form of Future Studies; correcting for depictions of further futures. It’s from contemporary technoprogressive, transhumanist, H+, hard sci-fi and singularitarian ideas that I’m filtering-out fodder for forward-looking visual responses.

Qubit-Built Quilts:

It’s one thing to algorithmically push pixels around, or even molten plastic and such for that matter, but it’ll be quite another thing altogether when it’s atoms.

Future Studies led to looking into atomic precise manufacturing, that is, speculations surrounding how we might eventually assemble things from the atom up and give rise to nearabout costless systems for controlling the structure of matter itself. It occurred to me that atomic precise manufacturing may not only bring about abundance, as is hoped, but actually make for objecthoods the likes of which we’ve not known and maybe can’t know this side of an intelligence explosion beyond which materiality itself appears wholly incomprehensible without radical cognitive enhancements. So in an outreach effort, I set out to increase awareness of this imminent object-shock of sorts and provide viewers a sense of how hacking matter happens. That’s when I started repurposing the representational rubics of molecular modeling and visualization software tools.

In modeling tools, I sculpt virtual nanoscaled structures, atom by amino. I also appropriate Protein Data Bank files, nanomolecular machine components, junk DNA sculptural origami and novel inorganic material models such as sheets of graphene, bucky-balls, and carbon nanotubes. In visualization wares, I overprocess, or ornamentally-challenge, models by writing Python scripts to algorithmically-automate alternative formal derivations, fractalize aminos off forms to perform generative crystallography, code for crazy carbon chaining, supersaturate all-of-the-above style color palettes, deform meshes, glitch render modes and ray tracings. I curate thereafter, selecting for the most nuanced nano-novelty, so to speak, and compose these 2D or lenticular pigment prints I call Qubit-Built Quilts; painterly plans for playborground ball pits of pure operationality all about an atomic admin access-privs picturesque.

Species-Tool-Beings:

3D printing is a gateway drug. That in mind, I’ve been hand-hobbling together from scratch a bunch of RepRap 3D printers; built not only to materialize my modded molecular models, but also exhibit expressionistic potential and behave more like painting assistants. It’s especially important to problematize prototyping at this point to expose that which isn’t exhausted or collapsed into fully exploitable usability in the Functionalist sense. So I craft custom print settings to print more like painting, flirt with epic-print-fails, and allow irregular parts likely to all but muck up my printers. The goal generally is to glean artifacts that aesthetically accentuate hot-mess molecular modeling and 3D printing, revealing how each translates one another with tensions that ‘overheat’ both media.

These Species-Tool-Beings or Nano-Nonobjective-Oriented Ontographs, as I call them, could be considered sculptural reliefs, both collage and assemblage since some models are small-scale-sculptural while others are printed paper-thin or impasto-painterly. I use traditional pigment dispersions and acrylic binders to affix models to each other and onto substrates, and do so in an emergent manner, part by piecemeal. I paint much like my 3D prints, painting in and around them to reconcile resultant pictures. I’ve always thought paint ought to behave like scar tissue; heuristic evidence of paying dues, earning injuries and healing. So for me, this is as much about handicrafts as it is the hyperextended hand of the artist.

The way I see it, real-time instantiation of at-will thought-forms becomes a freedom of expression issue real quick. Post-printability of anythingyness means we won’t just be saying stuff, we’ll be saying with, in, or into stuff itself. I like to think this’ll be like thinking in, on, across objecthoods or musing more like manipulating materiality. This will certainly come into conflict with that which we consider constitutes life. Indeed, I claim it’ll come-to-pass that what we print is how we’ll process what we are.

I coined the term ‘transubstrational’ in some measure to help handle this breadth of built-being. Transubstrationality is to be inclusive of sundry subtler, slower states of transitional or transgressive living. It’s not about leveling-up. It’s about leveling-across any and many orders of scale and substrates.

Upon Graphene:

One-off 3D printing strategies; pieces printed flat, thin, yet impasto-painterly and non-stop from beginning to end. Each piece in the series depicts a sheet of graphene; largely considered to be the next computing substrate after silicon.

Compile-A-Child:

Pursuing Future Studies proper also helped me choose to chase futures that precisely problematize or defy typical depictions. Compile-A-Child drawings appear to be faux-naïf speculative-vernacular picture-texts by transhuman mind-children that haven’t been built yet. Positively innocent and playful, it’s actually from rather serious technoprogressive, transhumanist, H+, hard sci-fi and singularitarian ideas that I’m filtering-out all the fodder for them.

Temporally Premoved:

Hand-penned “drawcuments”; title placards describing future-dated speculative art that can’t yet technically exist. Each has appended to it a time-travel-logged “temporally premoved” (a wordplay on traditional “temporarily removed” museum loan / conservation notifications) tab, signed by me as also curator / conservator. Paragraphs were auto-generated using apps into which I injected hard sci-fi, transhumanist, and my own speculative phraseologies, thereby rendering their read rather uncannily spam-bot-like.

 

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Upon Graphene No. 23
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 26
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 27
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 30
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 39
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 41
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 43
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 44
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 47
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 49
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 1
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 2
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 3
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 4
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 5
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 6
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 7
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 8
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 9
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Upon Graphene No. 10
2014
3D-printed PLA on panel
6″ x 6″

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Public Panopticon Powder
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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Computronium-Cloud Copyllution
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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Nano-Nonobjective Noo-Zoos
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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Protocol-onization of Commons-Clusters
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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Subcellutility Swarm-Sculpture
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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Higher-Ordermensionally Hackinstantial
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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Debuggin’ DNA Origami
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″ x 24″

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transubstrationality_tagging
2013
Archival pigment print
72″ x 48″

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batch_bonded_biorouting
2013
Archival pigment print
72″ x 48″

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atomic_kill_threads
2013
Archival pigment print
72″ x 48″

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far_edge_elif
2013
Archival pigment print
72″ x 48″

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gray_gooey_graphene
2012
Archival pigment print
72″ x 48″

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Nano-Nonobjective-Oriented Ontograph No. 1
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
72″ x 48″

Quacker-Cast Carbon-Camo No. 1
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″x24″

Sentient-Soppin’ See-Source-Serum
2012
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″x24″

Gold-Gooplexus Thunkuppetrees
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″x24″

Femtofacturin’ Fluidentifried-Fleshionistas
2012
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″x24″

Far Edge Soylent Green Tea Party
2013
3D-printed PLA molecular models and paint on plexiglass
24″x24″

How to make a better human
2045
pencil on lined paper
8″x11.5″

grey goo defleshed us
2068
poster board an pencil on copier paper
8.5″x11″