Some late update on my workshop at the Muthesius Art College in Kiel. I was invited to hold a one week workshop during the Forum, an interdisciplinary working week. For the workshop I was able to recruit students from free art, industrial design and spatial strategies. The task was to question the form follows function principle and developing it towards a “form inspires function” paradigma. Basicly it´s time to rethink this, anyway. The aim of the workshop was to create a digital ready made out of 3d scanned all day objects. For the scanning we used 123D-Catch. These objects had to be reworked and merged within the 3D-coat modelling software.



The first day I gave  brief overview to 123d-Catch and sent the students out in the urban and domestic wilderness to catch some promising objects that are worth to rework digitally. We´ve been facing some problems with the first tries but over the time all students succeeded in capturing real world to data meshes. Very recommendable tool for quick three dimensional impressions.



After this intense phase of scanning everyone began retouching, morphing and transforming their objects into completely new artefacts. From fennel to heart to bike-birthing machines and from battery gun to battery biface… all was possible and preferred option. Over the next three days the objects went through the scraping, chiseling, flattening and resampling of 3D-coat. The approach of not constructing a function out of a need, and instead playing with shapes and impressions led to a new kind of objects: less rational readable and more inspiring.



To round up the process, though it´s a very quick one for beginners, we uploaded the design to shapeways and brought the objects back to real life. By this the students can judge their designs inreal scale and in combination with other “real” objects. For now I only have the photos of the objects in the studio, but i look forward to see the spatial prints in combination and orchestration.


Coming originally from a scanned battery gun and desperatly trying to construct something similiar with 3D- coat Markus decided to leave his solid works path for heading back to stone age. Ladies and Gentleman: a battery driven biface.


Laura comes from a free art and ceramics backround, mostly dealign with bio-mechanics and weird machines. After assosciating her scanned fennel as a heart she moved further to a double heart shaped bike birth machine. Weird? Indeed! But the object is overall beautiful and by holding it against the light one can see the scanned bycicle inside.


This one is very impressing. Hans scanned a flatting iron. After two days of not knowing what to do, he started to mirror and rotating the object and discovered this wonderful modul system. If you look twice, the iron ist still visible.

For any further impressions of the single projects, please see this presentation poster. Click to enlarge!




  • 05.12 – 09.12.2011
  • Forum Week
  • Muthesius Art College Kiel
  • Henrike Geisler
  • Kim Matthiesen
  • Markus Albrecht
  • Mathias Franzke
  • Hans Illiger
  • Xingping Ll
  • Emilia Lucht
  • Jan Lüttjohann
  • MengChan YU
  • Fanny Öhmichen
  • Laura Garbers
  • Birgit Saupe