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 worldwired 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 ‘pixels’; a world of opportunities would open for architecture. Large surfaces could be robotically printed. No ladders or anything would be needed. Just press ‘print’.
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 ‘print’ and there you go: the writing is on the wall. You like Winona Ryder? Press ‘print’ and she’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 or exhibiting never was so easy. All you need is walls.
Splash (Copyright Kitchen De Ponk)