Almost the same
The myth pretends all you need is a pencil and a blank page, and that the creative impulse arises spontaneously. As if by magic. Thus neglecting the inspiration found in conscious and unconscious influences.
Since we were kids we were often told not to copy our neighbor. Copying is cheating. Copying is wrong. It is of lower quality. But copying is also learning, as shown in the field of Fine Arts. Copying can pay tribute. It is a way of understanding, transmitting knowledge, spreading a thought.
I wanted to show that copying can be a creative engine, opening new opportunities, innovations and shifts. Three objects were used as starting points for this demonstration: a flashlight, a Bic mechanical pencil and a clock. 3 standard objects, 3 objects of less than 5 euros, 3 objects of mass consumption. Each has a complex mechanism, suitable for deconstruction and reconstruction.
Here is an overview of some emblematic models made within this process of reproduction.
At first, the copy translates the objects' surface. The attention focuses on texture, materials, small constructive and graphic details. A phase of dismantling follows where I isolate the internal mechanisms. Finally comes the stage of re-construction. I combine objects with their representations, using technical plans and 3D modelling tools. There is a shift toward making the technical elements more understandable, the new objects more intuitive, and mixing in small innovations. (e.g: conductive black coated aluminium tape in the wood flashlight replaces the classical switch by the physical contact with the hand or the use of conductive metallic thread replaces the switch by the simple action of making a knot). Producing once again, re-do, re-play, different.
Diploma project at ENSCI.