Global Reconstruction of Artifacts and Bygones (G.R.A.B.)
"Global Reconstruction of Artifacts and Bygones (G.R.A.B.)" GRAB is a fictional proposition for a state level multinational organization tasked with capturing three dimensional digital copies of the world's cultural artifacts and bygones.
In preparation for planetary catastrophe and / or extinction level events G.R.A.B. will backup Artifacts and Bygones in deep underground silos and off world on lunar and orbital platforms. Climate change, like war, wreaks havoc on cultural sites around the world. These two forces undermine important records of human history. However the impetus to stop either of them is politically untenable.
G.R.A.B promotional video
This show reel is part of a promotional video produced to look like a leaked document from a government agency. The video shows a sculpture being transmitted from a secret underground base to an orbital fabrication vehicle where it is 3D printed in space and placed in storage with other archived pieces.
Cultural workers are already scanning ruins and reconstructing them. The GRAB project asks viewers to consider this activity as a new form of cultural colonialism and questions who the recipients of this activity will be. When we save cultural works for humanity but allow the civilizations that made them to lapse who are the beneficiaries of this activity?