NAME: Venus of Google
AUTHOR: British/Columbian artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.
DESCRIPTION: The Design Exquis exhibition in London uses the Exquisite Corpse as a method of creation for design pieces. The search-by-image function of Google enabled Matthew Plummer-Fernandez to look for an image similar to the picture of a box he was given. He found a great picture of a woman modeling a body-wrap garment. In order to turn it into a design piece, he used the “Hill-Climbing” algorithm to transform a plain shape box into a 3D printable object that mixes the visual characteristics of the shape and the image. The final object is an odd combination of the box and of the picture found on Google.
AMUSEMENT RATE: The Venus is a recurrent representation typical from prehistoric art. This feminine figure makes a grand entrance in the digital age thanks to Matthew Plummer-Fernandez. The stylisation of its exterior created by the algorithm as well as the curvy lines of the body are as many visual characteristics that makes the modern Venus a direct descendant of its old cousins. The digital world will surely thrive now that a new mother goddess is looking upon us.