Death Masks Workshop
Digital Death Mask Workshop with Jonathan Reus and Cybil Scott
The Mask: One of the oldest and most universal phenomenon of folk culture. In contemporary media and pop culture programs, particularly dystopian fiction, there seems to be a repetitive visual trope as well as a growing number of artists using the ‘mask’ as a signpost in their work. These masks are not like the classical busts of art history. They are interchangeable, smooth, hairless, and resting faces collectively grouped, waiting to be called upon.
With a growing virtual world, we create multiple masks and avatars tailored to our liking and purpose. What are the new developments of old spiritual technology like the mask being used in today’s world? And is western information-age society having trouble confronting death due to lack of religious ritual in our daily life?
The workshop will start off with presentations and discussions on the symbolism of masks and faces in technological narratives, virtuality, and death masks. Participants will then make their own life masks using a 3D scanner and the open source 3D modeling program Blender.
Participants will gain the following practical skills:
– 3D facial scanning & importing scanned meshes into Blender
– Basics of using Blender for 3D manipulations of facial meshes
– More advanced sculpting techniques for facial meshes
– Rendering and exporting masks
All participants of the first day ritual will take home a digital memoriam keepsake containing their facial mesh and texture data, designed by Cybil Scott specially for this workshop.
DAY1 ~ Ritual
Nov 5, 2019
We send out a little reader on virtuality the week before that participants should read through. All participants leave with a digital (USB) memorium containing their facial structure and texture data.
19:00-19:30 ~ Presentation: Death masks & avatars in popular culture, modern death rituals and what happens to your data after you die
19:30-20:00 ~ Discussion of reading material, virtuality and individual confrontations with death
20:00-21:30 ~ Facial Scanning Ritual ~ Capture and preservation of your facial data
21:30-22:00 ~ Exploration of data formats and exporting for 3D printing
DAY2 ~ Mask Making
Nov 6, 2019
Participants must bring a laptop and have Blender 2.8 already installed before the workshop. This is intended as a workshop for 3D beginners.
Blender is free/open-source and can be downloaded here:https://www.blender.org/
19:00-20:00 ~ Introduction to Blender
20:00-21:00 ~ working with facial mesh data
21:00-22:00 ~ More advanced features, sculpting & preparing for 3D fabrication
Participants who wish to print out their masks will also be guided through the process; masks are not provided during this workshop due to time constraints and funding, but will show you how to get them printed!
Maximum no. of participants: 15
Participation: Free! Usually this event costs €20 euros, but we managed to offer this workshop for you for free with Pirate Bay.
Register with firstname.lastname@example.org with “DEATHMASK WORKSHOP” in the subject, your name, and a short motivation on why you are interested in the workshop.