Jonathan Pirnay

mail@johnnycrab.com

can't see 3d

2011, http://cantsee3d.tumblr.com/

tumblelog building virtual sculptures from images found on websites

In collaboration with Kim Asendorf


 

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A script grabs one entry after another from a database consisting of more than 400 URLs, all of which have been submitted to cantsee3d.tumblr.com by the public, afterwards pulling around 50 images from each URL and its subpages. Then an OpenGL-sculptor transforms them into three-dimensional virtual objects which are then directly uploaded to the tumblr site for all to see and share.
By directly uploading it, each virtual sculpture exists only for a very short moment, and is thus addressing the fleeting nature of tumblr itself.
On a characteristical tumblelog you see something, but in an instant something else is posted or reblogged, adding up to that big pile of data that is already existing, always growing, never really perceivable, its content always repeating itself.

The aim of can’t see 3d is to reflect this phenomena by creating a continuous image stream and turning these images into virtual artifacts. It’s not a quality problem – it’s a quantity problem. Most images on tumblr deserve to be seen, but tons of weakly curated and poorly designed tumblelogs reblog and spread countless images until their value gets completely lost. By turning these devalued images into unique virtual sculptures, on the one hand can’t see 3d reclaims them as works of art, on the other hand, though, it’s just another part of tumblr’s “big mass destruction service”.

After all URLs have been processed, can’t see 3d is turned off – thus limiting its own pile of digital waste.

 

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www.ampland.com banners categories celebking300 250.gif cantsee3d

 

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l.yimg.com g images progress balls 24x12 black.gif cantsee3d

 

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img thumb.ffffound.com static data assets 6 e5ad3b0bed57d2877e4706791ac16ebd8bbc689a xs.gif cantsee3d

 

ignotus.com factory wp content uploads 2011 10 fibo anim2.gif cantsee3d

 

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www.brianmetcalf.com images front whatismylife.gif cantsee3d

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