The surface ur-face project began by scanning the students with a 3d scanner, then processing their geometry into more simplified portraits. They worked through a series of digital processes and then physical processes, using paint, markers, and ink. These images were then re-scanned and more works produced.
There were two main issues at stake in this project, one is the influence of technology to replicat and image a person, the other is the process of translation between handmade and digital imaging processes. This is the first practical experience the students have moving their work between digital and physical, as such the struggle was at times immense. It is my hope that they begin to see the computer not as an end but as a means, and just one of many tools for making images.
Many of the works continue to live in a state of messy process, but several were collected by Fatima Al Remaihi and myself and put into a book we designed, with text was added alongside. The book is called extropian, in reference to the belief that technology will save humanity. Extropianism in a mathematic context also describes the preferable state of maximum possible futures.