INTERTYPES is an installation that examines the cultural influence of 3D printing on the evolution of printing techniques, thus investigating the historical and cultural continuity of these technologies. The work addresses the question of technological developments from a “remediation” perspective, that is, how past technologies influence emerging technologies from the perspective of media archaeology. How, for example, past cultural/historical artifacts or accidents are “encoded” and conveyed to our current technological cultures? A thought on the printed and moving image in history, as well as on the idea of truthfulness and more specifically as a marker of truth, also threads its way through it. 3D prints and simulacra of historical artifacts also occupy the ambiguous space of these questions. Consisting of 3D and 2D impressions, and synthetic videos as a narrative counterpoint, the installation borrows the features of a science fiction that subtly unfolds before our eyes.
The way in which older technologies are linked to those we currently use informs us about the constancy of a cultural filiation over time. The principle of connection is perhaps the key to this relationship from the past to the present – just as it is also the key to understanding the hyper present that we have.