Infinite Editions: The Great Wave
- Mixed media
- 36 x 36 x 24 inches
"Infinite Editions: The Great Wave" The Infinite Edition printer is not like a normal 3D printer. It has been designed specifically to print one file, and one file only. In this fashion it is the antithesis of the normal 3D printer which derives much of its value from being able to fabricate many different objects without retooling the machine.
The host/owner of an Infinite Edition 3D printer controls the means of production. Whilst in their possession they can choose to print as many copies of the edition as they choose. The host can print 1000’s of copies and give them away or sell them for a price that they see fit.
Infinite Editions: The Great Wave is the first of the series. The lithopane image it produces is a surfer riding a wave somewhere in the Indian Ocean. The lithopane is intended to evoke references to Hokusai’s famous woodcut specifically posing the following question.
"Will humanity continue to surf the wave of technological progress. Or will everyone be swept away by the tide?"
The Infinite Editions printer is designed to challenge the value proposition of the “fine art” limited edition and to question whether it is possible / practical to restrict duplication in an era of digital remediation.
Produced in collaboration with Inbox 3D