City portraits Tobi – 3D print 2020
I have known Tobi since the first grade in primary school. And as chance would have it, our profession has drawn us both to Stuttgart. The houses of the sculpture were built in the style of Bad Cannstatt’s Badstraße, where he lived for several years in a flat share.
City portraits Alex – 3D print 2020
Alex and I work in the same company where he recommended me after graduation. We have known each other for about 25 years now. He lives near the Olgaeck in Stuttgart. The buildings shown here are based on the apartment building in which he lives and the nearby Café Babel.
City portraits Andi – 3D print 2020
Since our time in Stuttgart, Andi and I have often played some great games on the squash court. Just like Alex and Tobi, I have known Andi for a long time and am glad to have such long and good friends. The buildings shown represent the big gas boiler of Stuttgart, with which Andi is professionally involved. At the same time, the SWR building near Metzstraße is shown, where he lives nearby.
Snapshot of void I, II, III, IV – 3D print 2020
The 3D sculptures of the presented project are the material translation of virtually generated (non-)forms. They are at the same time independent sculptures and a formal expression of their process of creation. They thematize emptiness and its containment as a surface as well as the ambivalence between textile lightness and plastic-like stability.
For the shaping of the sculptures, computer-simulated reference bodies were provided with a digital, net-like fabric. The shape of the sculptures results from a snapshot of the animated movement of the fabric-like cover. Snapshots were taken during the ongoing simulation to capture a specific point in time and state of the envelope. Subsequently, these are implemented in the 3D printing process.
Unlike the flowing contours of the sculptures, which are realized both virtually and physically, the simulated reference bodies themselves remain immaterial calculations in digital space. They are not present in either reality – yet delimit and define the form-giving collision moment. The absence of actual reference bodies for de shaping expresses the ‚void‘ itself. In a dynamic process of transformation, the sculptural form emerges, opening a wide associative space in its veiling abstraction.