3D Printed Skull Lights Up DefCon


At the 2022 DefCon security conference in Las Vegas, Mexican artist Ricardo Martínez presented a new 3D printed sculpture described as “a connected light installation on cerebral (dys)function.” Dubbed Memento Vivere, the light installation comprises several connected objects interacting with spectators as they pass through the exhibition space.

Aiming to give viewers an experience at the intersection of art and technology, the multidisciplinary installation c series of electroluminescent cables emerge from a skull structure built with the 3D pen, 3Doodler. The cables together form massive connected objects which respond to the interactions of their participants, as different cables and sectors of the installation will light up according to the movement in front of the piece, the acoustic vibration, temperature, the electronic objects present in the room, and so much more. Thus, spectators are encouraged to move around and walk in front of the sculpture, to discover the actions that stimulate the brain.

Memento Vivere sculpture by Ricardo Martinez for DefCon.


This art piece is a far cry from anything that could be successfully produced with a COBOD printer, but that’s not really why in interests me. Until now, my view of what could be produced using large-scale concrete printing was pretty much limited materially to concrete and whatever you to could cover concrete with, such as plant matter. But this electrified scull poses the question of what we could do with the option to integrate more complex technology. Whether it be lights, cameras, sounds, sensors, etc. this tech can take a lump of concrete and make into something that feels alive. I previously explored living matter as a way to achieve a more dynamic product, but sophisticated tech could provide an experience that is high controlled and tailored to a specific need or activity. While printed concrete is awesome on its own, I think its true power is unlocked based off the other materials and processes it is paired with.

Source: https://3dprint.com/293250/3d-printed-skull-lights-up-defcon/