Magnhild Øen Nordahl

Secret Support


20 mm anodized aluminum tubes. Sculptures vary in sizes up to 40x30x120xcm

Secret Support is a series of sculptures based on the support structure holding objects in place while being printed on a Formlabs 3D printer. An algorithm automatically generates the support structure to perfectly fit the object for print. This algorithm is proprietary information and the structure therefore made impossible to convert into other file formats. This prompted a meticulous process of manually measuring and digitally redrawing the little printed plastic structures. Such and other translations between virtual and physical are central in my ongoing artistic research project dealing with 3D modeling and abstraction.

Sculptures installed for Vevringutstillinga in Vevring, Norway
Translations between digital and physical during work in progress