Digital Natives by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez

“Vessels are arguably the lowest common denominator for man-made objects across all cultures,” Matthew Plummer-Fernandez explains about the choice of objects for his Digital Natives project. Everyday plastic packaging items such as detergent bottles are subjected to 3D scanning using nothing but a digital camera. The scans are then distorted by algorithms, which give them an illusory look. When these vessels return to their tangible state by 3D printing, they look like Cinema 4D files rather than material objects. The use of different colors for every plane results in an odd combination of shadows and abstracts. The objects do no longer have their original function, but rather represent a string of algorithmic data.

“In some cases only close inspection reveals traces inherited from their physical predecessors.” Plummer-Fernandez explains. The artist is proudly shows off his British and Colombian heritage with his hyphened name. He reveals and interest in human’s entanglement with technology and focuses on anything from algorithmic systems to copyright in his work.

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