ROOT 0082 / Simone Niquille

ROOT 0082 is a large 3D printed mesh from the CAESAR database, anthropometric research to record human body measurements initiated by the U.S. Air Force Laboratory. The database consists of over 2,000 scanned bodies and is one of the largest of it’s kind. This has led the database to be a popular resource for academic research in need of human 3D models. Recently, Adobe purchased the character creator software ‘Fuse’, formerly a startup from Stanford University based on 3D assembly modelling research, of which a selection of the CAESAR database served as training set.

The new 3D printed artefact ROOT 0082, experienced in Treak Cliff Cavern as a large, sculptural presence, is an invisible puppet master in defining a new canon of beauty posing questions on the standardisation of bodies, personal data, and the representation of the human body in virtual space. The sculpture will be shown alongside the short film The Fragility of Life that follows Teresa Barnwell, a Hillary Clinton impersonator, in the final days leading up to the 2016 U.S Presidential Elections.

ROOT 0082 and The Fragility of Life are both part of ongoing research The Contents on anthropometric standards embedded in 3D capture and modelling technologies. Used for a wide spectrum of applications, from movie special effects, to forensic investigation, and biometric identification, these technologies define much of how the human body and identity is represented and perceived in digital space. Through film, artefacts and interviews, The Contents challenges parametric constructs of corporeality.

Booking: This project is part of the Digital Dark Ages tour which is a ticketed event that can be booked in advance. You can book this as an individual ticket, or to experience as much of the festival as possible, you can book this event as part of a Festival Pass.

Parking: The car park is a graveled area parallel with the road and is free to cavern visitors. In addition, parking on the road is in marked parking bays only, which at the current time is free. There is reserved parking for disabled visitors.

Please note Digital Dark Ages can only be experienced through a cave tour and is not wheelchair accessible. For more information access across the festival weekend, please visit the Festival Access page.

Event info:

  • Fri 22nd — Sun 24th Sep 2017
    @Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
  • Treak Cliff

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