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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2019 ➔ Shards: Resistance and Reassemblage in 3D Scanning’s Liminal Space


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Jacqueline Wu (designer)
Jess Irish (thesis advisor)
Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde (thesis advisor)


May 21 2019


Shards is a series of digitally reassembled objects and images that highlight the anomalies in the 3D scanning process and reframe them as features, not errors. It is a series of three iterations—not copies because copies imply exactness—on a porcelain heirloom, scanned and committed by three generations of women who are keepers of its history. As the women circle their heirloom, wielding an instrument that unravels its physical existence pixel by pixel into a digital one, they are performing an embodied act: authoring and breathing life into its transformation with their movements, their pauses, and their strokes. By revealing the unseen technological process and unearthing the seams of virtual simulations, Shards expresses an aesthetics of resistance to the perfect, the high resolution, and the seamless. Shards become artifacts that remember in a world that instructs them to forget.



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