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Hardware Hack Lab Special Guest Curator Gabriel Menotti

In an effort to highlight and investigate the potentials and contradictions inherent in 3D printing technology, art curator Gabriel Menotti has devised a collaborative art project called APPROXIMATELY 800cm3 OF PLA which is essentially an “all-you-can-print” exhibition using only a single spool of biodegradable plastic filament.

The exhibition, which was a part of The Wrong (Again) New Digital Art Biennale in Brazil, started with an open call for people to submit their 3D designs. From there, the project curators have manufactured one of the submitted 3D designs a day using a standard amount of PLA material and continued to do so until the spool of filament ran out.

The project has additively manufactured such diverse objects as a 3D printed segment of a person’s skull, a crumpled piece of paper, a Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse figurine, an abstract shape made up from Google trends, a 3D printed brain tumor, and, almost inevitably, a 3D printed piece of excrement.

“Much of the excitement about digital fabrication technologies comes from the limitless reproducibility they seem to allow…But, as with other theologies of prosperity, this one can be very contradictory. The presentation of 3D printing as a technology of abundance overlooks not only the secular obstacles of copyright legislation, but also the world’s material scarcity, as if the transformation of prime matter into manufactured goods consumed no energy or natural resources”, says Gabriel Menotti.


Open space for artists & technologists to get hands-on with new technology. We supply a bunch of hardware and a chill environment so you can hack away.

Tweet: @hardwarehacklab at #ThoughtWorksNYC


We use creative coding environments like openFrameworks or Max/MSP to play with everything from webcams to Oculus Rift. People of all experience levels, from beginners to veterans are welcome here.


This meetup has no particular structure. We don't have 'hack lab' projects. We work on whatever we, and you, bring in each week - which could be anything.

The schedule is loose, the feeling is social and non-judgemental. We are just curious and want to see your projects. So bring what you have and share!


Oculus, Kinect 1/2, Arduino, Leap, Glass, Depth video, Brain-Computer Interface, openFrameworks, SuperCollider, Max/MSP, vvvv, Processing.


Some of these items are only available on request or particular occasions. Use the comments below and direct messages to find out if particular hardware or people with particular skills will be around that week.

If you can't confirm, still drop by and meet us. The lab is a great place to come and learn and meet people. 

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  • Pierre B.

    Invitation from Gabriel for those who are interested:

    Call: Besides the Screen 2017 – Unfolding Images


    UNFOLDING IMAGES – VR, Volumetric Filmmaking and Spatial Control
    7th Besides the Screen International Conference
    Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 31 May to 2 June 2017

    Deadline for proposals: 20th March 2017

    1 · February 8

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