A French artist called Julien Maire, has 3D printed 85 figures and used them for a film, which he calls ‘Relief’. All figures show a digging man, but they are all printed in a slightly different way, in order to create a stop-motion effect. He put the figurines on a moving belt, and placed a light behind the belt. When belt starts moving, the 85 figures make the digger come to life and he starts to move well. Maire’s work can be seen at the iMAL Centre for Digital Cultures and Technology in Brussels.
This ‘film’ reflects the current society we all live in. In this time, when older techniques are rapidly being digitalized, a young generation starts to forget what older techniques used to be like. For this project, Maire used the technique for filming, which for a long time used film reels, while current cinemas most often make use of digital projectors.
Maybe it’s melancholism, maybe it’s just art, but what Maire did was use the basics of ‘film reels’ and combine them with 3D printing technology. The belt that he used can be seen as the film reel, while the 85 figurines are 3D printed objects. Further on, the website of iMAL states:
“Media Archaeology is a new science. It’s not studying the history of cinematograph and gramophone, but how our perception of the world is transformed through the camera lens and the speaker.”
This project can be seen as 3D cinema, a style which used to be called ‘relief cinema’, but this term went out of style when people realized it didn’t really exist. ‘Relief’ is being referred to as materiality, while 3D is more a mathematical concept. Well, Maire seems to turn the impossible into a possibility. Unfortunately, there is not a video of this project yet, but the images provide us with a good preview of what his project could be like in real life.