iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels


A computational & behavioural approach to 3D printing

Workshop with LIA

The well-known Austrian artist LIA, pioneer of software art and net art, has been exploring and researching the behaviour of filament-based 3D printing1, transposing her expressive, code-based work from the visual to the tangible plane. This research developed into the Filament Sculptures project and a set of software tools she created in Processing.

LIA uses 3D printers and their basic working: an extruding head, moving in 3 dimensions, sculpts and weaves objects by depositing a solid or still soft material. By controlling directly the printer movements, she investigates all the aspects of the physicalities of this process, to generate, with code, new types of sculptures.

In this workshop, LIA will share her experience and know-how with the participants, exploring together new techniques to create 3D printed objects. This new approach is based on computation and the physical properties of the material and the machine, going well beyond the traditional method based on 3D modeling.

About LIA

Austrian artist LIA is considered one of the pioneers of software and net art and has been producing works since 1995. Her practice spans across video, performance, software, installations, sculpture, projections and digital applications.

The artist's primary working material is code, which consists of LIA translating a concept into a formal written structure that then can be used to create a "machine" that generates real-time multimedia outputs. LIA's works combine traditions of drawing and painting with the aesthetics of digital images and algorithms, characterised by a minimalist quality and by an affinity with conceptual art. She focuses on the translation of certain experienced principles into abstract forms, movements and colours in order to allow the viewer to explore the same on a subconscious level.

More about LIA on her website.


18-20 November 2016, 10:00-18:00

Registration is mandatory 
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Workshop fee
60€ for 3 days

Max. 13 participants
You must bring your own computer!

Workshop in English! (oral understanding necessary)

Where? iMAL


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