dust to dust




For Dust to Dust, my interests are in the waste generated by 3D printing. I am particularly attracted to architectural mop-ups enclosing errors. Those architectural miniatures abandoned in 3D prototype workshops are full of the promise of possible cities. The zcorp 650 printed architecture is also waste produced by our lifestyle created faster and faster; ruins even before they have become buildings. I wonder when we will live in cities printed overnight; in cities which we would desert for another print, another desire, as soon as we are tired of their designs, letting the first one becoming dust.


The city of Leonia refashions itself everyday: every morning the people wake between fresh sheets, wash with just-unwrapped cakes of soap, wear brand-new clothing, take from the latest model refrigerator still unopened tins, listening to the last-minute jingles from the most up-to-date radio. […] It is not so much by the things that each day are manufactured, sold, bought that you can measure Leonia’s opulence, but rather by the things that each day are thrown out to make room for the new. So you begin to wonder if Leonia’s true passion is really, as they say, the enjoyment of new and different things, and not, instead, the joy of expelling, discarding, cleansing itself of a recurrent impurity.

 Calvino, Italo. Invisible cities. (London: Vintage, 1974), p.114