Tell your story in 3D with unique DMU artwork

A DMU academic is calling for staff, students and members of the community to share personal objects that can be digitally scanned and used to create a mass 3D artwork.

A 3D rendering of some of the objects already brought in

Dr Lionel T Dean, Reader in Digital Arts in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, plans to capture the artefacts using state-of-the-art scanners and use the resulting virtual image to create a 3D printed piece of art to be unveiled in 2018.

At the same time, the stories behind the significance of the objects will be documented in short video clips to showcase the importance we place in our possessions.

Dr Dean said: “I see the virtual realm as a creative playground where artefacts come to life and have their own stories. I use digital technologies and 3D printing as a gateway to and from this world, generating real world artwork from virtual meta-designs.”

The team behind the artwork is aiming to digitally capture 100 sentimental objects as part of the Scan and Tell exhibition currently taking place at the Lightbox gallery, with opportunities to bring in items taking place throughout this week.

Objects can be anything from kitsch memorabilia to icons or curiosities, all that matters is there is a story behind their significance.

The artwork forms part of #DMUlocal’s #DMUengage initiative, which supports academic research that has a positive impact on the public good in Leicester.

Dr Dean is well known for creating printed sculptures that tell a story, having launched FutureFactories Studio in 2003, a creative practice focused exclusively on 3D printing technologies.

For more information on how to get involved, click here.