Volumetric Regimes

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This wiki is an ongoing workspace for a book in the making, by Femke Snelting and Jara Rocha. Volumetric Regimes will be published by Open Humanities Press (2022) in the DATA browser series, edited by Geoff Cox and Joasia Krysa. Design and lay-out will be implemented by Manetta Berends based on a template developed by Stuart Bailey.

Volumetric Regimes: Material cultures of quantified presence

Edited by Possible Bodies


3D computation has historically co-evolved with Modern technosciences, and aligned with the regimes of optimisation, normalisation and hegemonic world order. The legacies and projections of industrial development leave traces of that imaginary and tell the stories of a lively tension between "the probable" and "the possible". Defined as the techniques for measuring volumes, volumetrics all too easily (re)produce and accentuate the probable, and this process is intensified within the technocratic realm of contemporary hyper-computation. The ubiquity of efficient operations is deeply damaging in the way it gradually depletes the world of all possibility for engagement, interporousness and lively potential. Volumetric Regimes: Material cultures of quantified presence proposes an urgent intersectional inquiry into volumetrics to foreground procedural, theoretical and infrastructural practices that provide with a widening of the possible.

Volumetric Regimes emerges from Possible Bodies, a collaborative project on the intersection between artistic and academic research. The project was initiated in 2016 to explore the very concrete and at the same time complex and fictional entities of so-called "bodies" in the context of 3D computation. Volumetric Regimes brings together diverse materials from an ongoing conversation between artists, software developers and theorists working with techniques and technologies for detecting, tracking, printing, modelling and rendering volumes.

Contributors: Sophie Boiron, Maria Dada, Pierre Huyghebaert, Phil Langley, Nicolas Malevé, Romi Ron Morrison, Simone C. Niquille, Helen V. Pritchard, Jara Rocha, Sina Seifee, Femke Snelting, Kym Ward.

More about Volumetric Regimes


x, y, z: Dimensional Axes of Power

Parametric Unknowns: Hypercomputation between the probable and the possible

Somatopologies: On the ongoing rendering of corpo-realities

Signs of Clandestine Disorder: The continuous aftermath of 3D-computationalism

Depths and Densities: Accidented and dissonant spacetimes