Combining traditional film-making with 3D printing
Taking inspiration form the traditional flip book style of film making to produce the illusion of motion, the artist produced a series of stereolithographic 3D printed figures in clear material on a FormLabs Form 1 3D printer.
Each figure has been printed is a different pose to form the illusion of a man digging. These were positioned in front a light source on a moving belt which rotates the figures into position to become a still frame in the film.
iMAL explains the idea behind ‘Relief’:
“In French, "3D cinema" was also called "relief cinema" (relief as in "relief map" or "bas-relief"). The term went out of style when we were forced to admit that "relief cinema" didn't exist. "Relief" evokes materiality, while "3D" is commonly understood as a mathematical and computational concept. Through expanding & contracting pieces, and stereolithographic projections, Julien Maire's installations indirectly address new technologies, media archaeology and manipulate fiction.”
The project is a form of ‘Media Archaeology’, a new science which looks at how the view of our world is transformed through film. Maire has been using advanced technologies in his work for over a decade and has incorporated machines from Ultimaker, Mendel DIY and FormLabs into several pieces.