Exhibitions: Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Julien Deswaef / Shiv Integer
As part of The Art of Bots showcase, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Julien Deswaef will present Shiv Integer.
Shiv Integer is a bot that inhabits Thingiverse, a site for sharing 3D printable models. The bot downloads models and uses them to make random assemblages that get posted back on Thingiverse.
The bot complies with the open licensing granted by the model’s authors, only remixing files that are published with the freedom to be modified.
The bot has been running anonymously since February, receiving mixed reactions from the Thingiverse community: complaints, harassment and conspiracy theories appear in comment threads alongside fans that defend the bot and write it short stories. The bot recently surpassed two hundred creations.
Matthew lives and works in London, and Julien, originally from Belgium, lives in New York, they collaborated over Gitlab. They met in 2012 at a workshop in Brussels where Julien introduced Matthew to bots, and where they also developed generative approaches to 3D printing.