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Independent Study
3D Scanning (Agisoft)
Spring 2017
Research Advisor: Eric Oskey

Significant Readings:
Baudrillard, Jean. Simulations
Benjamin, Walter. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.
Flusser, Vilém. Towards a Philosophy of Photography. & The Gesture of Writing.
Grosz, Elisabeth A, Architecture from the outside: essays on virtual and real space.


The film Solaris (1972) is a psychological science fiction drama that meditates on reality versus memory and representation. This led me to choose the film for my 3d scanning experiment in which I did not scan a physical environment, but instead selected still frames from Solaris to place into Agisoft, a photogrammetric scanning software. I scanned the cameras eye, in order to reveal the fragmentary and deceiving nature of film.

I carried this topic over to my theory paper speculating on the future of virtuality in design. View Here

‘Black’ and ‘White” are concepts, e.g. theoretical concepts of optics. As black-and-white states of things are theoretical, they can never actually exist in theworld. But black-and-white photographs do actually exist because they are images of concepts belonging to the theory of optics, i.e. they arise out of this theory.
“The ’more genuine’ the colors of the photograph become, the more untruthful they are, the more they conceal their theoretical origin.”

(Vilem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography Pg.42)
“The camera intervenes with the resources of its lowering’s and lifting’s, its interruptions and isolations, its extensions and accelerations, its enlargements and reductions. The Camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.”

(Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction)