Volume of Voids

2020_

DATA DRIVEN 3-D PRINTING ARTIFACTS

VIRTUAL REALITY ENVIRONMENT

Created By

Weidi Zhang

Year:

2020

Exhibitions:

Lumen Prize 2021 Shortlisted

Ars Electronica .ART Online Exhibition

IEEE VISAP 2020

Introduce Volume of Voids

Volume of Voids is a set of generative artifacts (12 in total) that represent the volume of the voids between objects and human bodies. Inspired by the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, people are keeping social distancing to overcome the invisible enemy - Coronavirus. It influences the way people live, communicate, and social in a profound way.

When people keep the distance from objects and other people, what is the volume of voids between them?

This project incorporates the techniques of photogrammetry, algorithmic design, and 3d printing. The organic artifacts are not only a poetic representation of the invisible border between people, but also a critical response to the transformation of human networking under a historical pandemic. The volume of voids aims to provide a collective feeling of alienation between different beings.

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Volume of voids provides a conceptual response to those questions by incorporating the techniques of photogrammetry, algorithmic design, and 3d printing to create a set of organic artifacts. Different scenes are captured during this pandemic period volumetrically by using photogrammetry techniques. Thus a point cloud of position data (XYZ data) is generated. Those points are used to create multiple boundary edge curves on their XY planes which are later  implemented to create the planar surfaces. Those surfaces with the different Z axises are connected, lofted and controlled by different algorithms, such as bezier and perlin noise. The reason to add those mathematical algorithms to the Z-axis curves is to add uncertainties to constructions of those objects. The world is constantly moving while those invisible spaces between us are unstable, fluid, and unpredictable.

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