In this project we explored how complex digital iden­tities can be represented as analogue sculp­tures and physical forms.

Commissioned by

FH Potsdam / Bachelor Thesis

Scope of Work

  • Generative Design

Website Credits

The idea of a world without the Internet is unima­gin­able to us. We use online communities to forge virtual real­ities, which are then subject to a perpetual process of rein­ven­tion and redefin­i­tion. Parallel to the world of real indi­viduals, an arti­fi­cial world has emerged of which heart beats in bits and bytes.

The project made this disparity visible by showing digital as three-dimensional forms. By determining how a digital iden­tity is created, we defined para­meters that would enable a compar­able analysis on an abstract level. Web-crawler programs were developed to auto­mat­ic­ally search the web and analyse partic­ular pages. The inter­pret­a­tion of these personal details gave each iden­tity its unique form, which was then fixed in a gener­ated sculpture.

Consumerist (Amazon), commu­nic­a­tion beha­viour (Twitter), interests (Delicious) and listening habits (Last.fm) from specific people were saved in a data­base and this inform­a­tion was used to produce the sculptures.

After several prototypes of how to display the data, ranging from abstract land­scapes to almost read­able three dimen­sional networks, we decided to abstract even further, instead of displaying the under­lying inform­a­tion in a read­able way. Seven renderings were generated for each identity, from which we produced actual printed plaster sculptures.

The gestalt of »ranzen«
the gestalt of »stamen«


Studio NAND

Credits & References

Studio NAND

Thanks to Boris Müller & Matthias Krohn
Exhib­ited at Smart Urban Stage, Berlin, Colonia Gallery, Lisbon.

Tools Processing, toxiclibs, Sunflow
3D Print TU Berlin