Art, Crime & Algorithms

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By Nestor Pestana

2.5D printing technologies are currently being designed by commercial organizations in regulated environments. As they design further, the move from these controlled environments to more complex and diverse iterations from the public will begin and new problems will arise.

One of the objectives of this project was to investigate possible future applications for 2.5D printing technologies, by imagining what would happen if extremely high resolution 2.5D printers and colour scanners were combined with image inpainting algorithms and available to the public. If in the future, 2.5D printing technologies had sufficient resolution and could use any pigment or ink, we could potentially see art forgeries being produced by these efficient image inpainting algorithms. Conversely such algorithms could also be trained to identify art forgeries, by analyzing the same patterns that were used to create the art forgery itself.

These complex virtuous and vicious cycles are very much part of any design and technology, and this is what this project has explored.

Text written by Nestor Pestana

Captions
Image 01 final prototypes
Picture showing the different parts of the prototypes laid out for spraying and assembling in the workshop.

Image 02 making prototypes
Picture showing the different parts of the prototypes laid out for spraying and assembling in the workshop.

Image 03 presenting storyboard to team
Storyboard presentation to the filming crew and research team for discussion.

Image 04 preparing prototype for filming
I (Nestor Pestana) am preparing one of the prototypes for filming.

Image 05 filming newscater scene
Moments before filming the newscaster scene. The green screen behind the actor was later replaced with a CGI background.

Image 01 final prototypes
Image 02 making prototypes
Image 03 presenting storyboard to team
Image 04 preparing prototype for filming
Image 05 filming newscater scene