3D Printing

Scan the World at the Venice Biennale

[fusion_text]The Venice Biennale is an arts organization based in Venice, and also the original and principal exhibition it organizes. It is a contemporary visual art exhibition, is so called as it is held biennially, in odd-numbered years; is the original biennale on which others elsewhere in the world are modelled. The Biennale Foundation has a continuous existence supporting the arts, and organises a number of other separate events.
Invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), MyMiniFactory’s Scan the World are exhibiting 3D printed sculptures at one of the most prestigious cultural organisations in the world, the Venice Biennale, Italy.


Scan the World is a project which was started in 2014 that aims to scan and 3D print sculptures and landmarks from all over the world in different museum institutions and public places. These 3D models are then made available online for the public to download for free. Through producing these 3D printed sculptures, Scan the World makes art accessible to those who are visually impaired or are unable to travel to see the sculptures in person. The project promotes cultural heritage, and highlights the educational aspects that 3D technologies can offer. Anyone can contribute to the project with a camera or a smart phone. So far over 3,500 sculptures have been printed and archived into the collection.

The exhibit at the Venice Biennale, A World of Fragile Parts, explores the threat of destruction with heritage sites and objects, showing how 3D technology and copies can aid in preserving important cultural artifacts. The production of copies held particular significance during the 19th century where Victorians were concerned with showing works of art and architecture from around the world for the benefit of the public. The V&A Cast Courts remain open today to the public, displaying impressive copies. The importance of producing copies decreased over time but Scan the World continues to demonstrate its value with the exhibit at the Venice Biennale.

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Jonathan Beck, Scan the World project manager, commented: “It is an incredible honor to be exhibiting some of the objects from Scan the World with the V&A at the Venice Biennale. It’s exciting to show how 3D technology can aid preservation and help people engage with art and architecture from across the globe.” 

If you would like to find out more about Scan the World and 3D technology in relation to copies, read the recent articles that have been written by The Financial Times (‘Art in the age of digital reproduction’) and the Guardian (‘Erasing Isis: how 3D technology lets us copy and rebuild entire cities’).

The exhibit A World of Fragile Parts will be showing at the Venice Biennale, Italy until 27th November 2016.[/fusion_text][button link=”https://www.myminifactory.com/pages/scan-the-world” color=”default” size=”” stretch=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”” gradient_colors=”|” gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ animation_offset=”” alignment=”” class=”” id=””]VIEW THE SCAN THE WORLD COLLECTION[/button]