Geodes and fossils serve as physical evidence and traces of lives beyond our time. The space geode is a digital fossil, an inversion of interior into exterior, fossilising a moment in space and time.
I have been digging through obscure databases of automatically uploaded cloud galleries, where file-sharing networks carry along and facilitate the distribution of the .OBJs, .3DPs, and .STLs of countless non-manifold 3D models.
WORKFLOW FIX MANUALLY DIMENSIONS REDUCE 50% SOLID SolidType Fast Solid, Accuracy 248 Mesh, Density 360 DELETE DUPLICATE LAYER REDUCE 50% HOLLOW Offset 2, Solid Accuracy 128, Mesh 128 REDUCE 70% EXPORT STLThe 3D printed object as rapid, iterative prototype is not so different from a kind of fossil in reverse. Fossils are turned into fuel, which can be used to produce energy and electricity which has powered our drive for technological innovations and the growth of networks and infrastructure; fossils become the material for the production of plastics which dominate the products we come into contact with on a daily basis today; and geological deposits and fossils serve as physical evidence and traces of lives that have come before us, sparking our imagination of our position within a larger timeline before and beyond human civilisation.
Unable to dig for material remains for clues of the recent human past in my highly urbanised environment, as digital archaeologist I excavate the remains of human spaces. I have fixed the gaps in the models and then plane-cut them into new forms, like a geode being cut open for our voyeuristic examination. I prepare the 3D data to be sliced for 3D printing and the "geodes" are produced using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which involves using a high powered laser to fuse plastic powders - synthetic polymers of petrochemical origin, which completes its process of becoming a digital fossil in reverse.