Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Julien Deswaef / Shiv Integer

As part of The Art of Bots showcase, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Julien Deswaef presented 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 had been running anonymously since February 2016, receiving mixed reactions from the Thingiverse community: complaints, harassment and conspiracy theories appeared in comment threads alongside fans that defended the bot and wrote it short stories. The bot has surpassed two hundred creation.