Neri Oxman has collaborated with Stratasys to design and 3D printed a series of death masks bshowcased at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The museum hosts the ‘NGV Triennial 2017′ exhibition until 15 April 2018 – where the death masks will premiere.

The NGV Triennial

The NGV Triennial is a celebration of contemporary art and design practices, featuring the work of more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, including works from Yayoi Kusama, Xu Zhen, Guo Pei, Ron Mueck and Iris van Herpen, to name a few. The artists and designers were selected for their diversity and dynamism of practice, including those embracing cutting-edge technologies, from 3D printing to robotics.


Vespers comprises 15 masks in three sub-series, portraying the past, present and future. The collection explores the themes of ancient traditions and future technologies and speculates about the preservation of life, both cultural and biological. Oxman, along with her team, led the creation of Vespers, which forms part of Stratasys’ ‘The New Ancient’ 3D printed art and design collection.

By using Stratasys’ J750 full-color and transparent multi-material 3D printing technology, Oxman’s team created 3D printed objects that, for the first time in history, accurately reproduce the variety and nuance of ancient crafts.

Vespers’ designs are entirely data-driven, digitally-generated, 3D printed, and – at times – biologically augmented,” Oxman explains. Indeed, the merging of molecular biology, ecological engineering, design computation and 3D printing led to the blurring of boundaries – between human and machine, between natural and designed environments – to the point where such distinctions can no longer be made.

Oxman explains: “Vespers is the most sophisticated expression of our design approach so far, demonstrating that we can seamlessly vary the physical properties of materials in extremely high resolution that matches, and ultimately transcends, the scales of nature.


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