This project explores how computers interpret and reconstruct image data of the human body. The three images in this series are the result of a 3D scan of the artist’s body. The scanning software stitched together ninety-six images to create a model of the artist and applied a UV texture over the 3D model. As the software attempts to reorganize the image data, a new topography of the artist’s body emerges that is both alien and familiar.
The system was introduced to me through colleagues at UMBC and the IRC. After being trained to use the equipment I also thought about my reasons for doing this type of scan. My preparation for creating these images did not take an extended period and when I created the images I was in an experimental mode and trying not to understanding the results. This separated me a bit from concept and design of the art work for a short period and allowed me to take a role of someone who may be running tests and then digesting the results of the output data. I am not a medical professional but these notions did come to mind doing this stage of the work. In computerized 3D modeling, there are a number of components that make up the final 3D object and making comparisons to a human body can help with understanding each one. First are the points and vectors that make up the geometry of the object and also could be thought of as the bones. Then these vectors and points are connected into surfaces and this gives a more solid appearance to the object. Then to make the object more realistic there often is a texture(UV) place around this grouping of lines, vectors and surfaces which may have color or photorealistic qualities to it. For this work, I make relationships with skin because of way that this texture is applied to the 3D object. Another part of this 3D scanning system that I used is that the computer is doing many of the processing itself to create the 3D model and the UV texture. My process during these experimental stages was to turn the system on, take off my clothes stand in front of the cameras and take 96 pictures of myself simultaneously from a series of angles. The computerized system does this completely on its own.
Special thanks for the Imaging Research Center at UMBC for their assistance with this project and allowing me to use this facilty.