PrintBall, by De Ponk
The future, that is printing. The future, that is also robotics. The two combined makes explosive content. To start mapping this emergent field I want to introduce a project featuring printing on walls.
Already two years ago an artist-collective called De Ponk from the city of Groningen got worldwiredÂ attention by building a computer-steered paintball gun. Not as fancy as the armed wheeled robots that are currently introduced in the American Army, but still an effective tool to create massive, enormous graffiti. Or a gigantic Jackson Pollock.
The paintballs drip too, just not on the surface, but from it. If there would be a way to avoid major dripping and create smaller â€˜pixelsâ€™; a world of opportunities would open for architecture. Large surfaces could be robotically printed. No ladders or anything would be needed. Just press â€˜printâ€™.
Artists could print tunnels, or even pieces of nature. For temporal installations, or more sustainable ones. Decorating your house will be easy. Just rent the printer, select a pattern, press â€˜printâ€™ and there you go: the writing is on the wall. You like Winona Ryder? Press â€˜printâ€™ and sheâ€™s on your wall, staring back at you!
Got a presentation of your project? Press ‘print’ and your floor plans are there. For temporary presentations, just use the peel-it-off paint; it comes right off the wall. Presenting orÂ exhibiting never was so easy. All you need is walls.
SplashÂ (Copyright Kitchen De Ponk)