Music & Fashion– Before an invitation-only audience at Tokyo’s Miraikan Museum, Icelandic musician Björk performed in a 3D printed mask designed by MIT professor, designer and innovator Neri Oxman and her team Mediated Matter Group. The Rottlace mask was designed by 3D scanning the artist’s face to create digital interpretations of her bone and tissue structure.
The Rottlace mask covers Björk’s face and part of her neck. Thanks to Stratasys’ multi-material 3D printing technology, it appears like a complex system of tissues underlining the artists muscoloskeletal system. “The unique capabilities of this technology to recreate complex geometries with varied material properties allowed the mask to retain a unique flexibility and freedom of movement integral to Björk’s performance” says Neri Oxman.
“Inspired by Björk’s most recent album, Vulnicura, we explored themes associated with self-healing and expressing the face without a skin. Indeed, the Rottlace mask’s name is a variation of the Icelandic word Roðlaus that means skinless” say at the Mediated Matter Group.
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“I am so incredibly blown away by Neri Oxman’s work and excited to finally work with her,” says Björk. “She is a true pioneer in capturing the biological with 3D printing in such a refined and profound way. It’s been a real joy to get to know her!”.
The mask is the first of a family of customised designs that simulates reincarnation of all sorts. They originate as a form of portraiture to reveal a new identity, a reincarnation indeed. Designed by the Mediated Matter Group. Produced by, and in collaboration with, Stratasys Ltd.. Researchers include Christoph Bader, Dominik Kolb, and Prof. Neri Oxman.
Photos: courtesy of MIT’s Mediated Matter Group. Below: Family by Björk, Vulnicura Moving Album Cover created in collaboration between Björk and Andrew Thomas Huang.