This wiki is an ongoing workspace for a book in the making. Volumetric Regimes will be published by Open Humanities Press (2021) 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 (Jara Rocha and Femke Snelting)
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: Ramon Amaro, Sophie Boiron, Maria Dada, Pierre Huyghebaert, Phil Langley, Nicolas Malevé, Romi Ron Morrison, Simone C. Niquille, Helen V. Pritchard, Jara Rocha, Femke Snelting, Kym Ward.
- Text: Rehearsing the History of Beirut 82 by Maria Dada (2020)
- Interview: Niquille, S., (2017) The Fragility of Life. Transcription of a conversation between Femke Snelting, Jara Rocha and Simone Niquille (Rotterdam: Het Nieuwe Instituut)
- Text/visual essay: Nicolas Malevé, Panoramic unknowns (2020)
- Comprehensive Features. Interview with Phil Langley (2015 + 2020)
- Text: Rocha, J. and Snelting, F. (2017) The Possible Bodies Inventory: dis-orientation and its aftermath in "Cuerpos Poliédricos", Inmaterial Journal vol. 2, num. 3 (Barcelona: Bau College of Design)
- Visual essay: Possible Bodies, x, y, z (4 filmstills) (2018)
- Text: Invasive Imagination and its agential cuts (2019)
- Prospectus: The Extended Trans*feminist Rendering Program (2019)
- Text: Contribution by Helen Pritchard (2020)
- Visual essay: Somatopologies (materials for a movie in the making) (Jara Rocha + Femke Snelting, 2017)
- Text/transcript: somatopologies: a guided tour II (Jara Rocha + Femke Snelting, 2019)
- Text/visual contribution: Kym Ward feat. Possible Bodies (2017) Fanziposter, Kym Ward, Circluding (2017 + 2020)
- Interview: Pierre Huyghebaert & Sophie Boiron / item nr. 100. (Conversation on curves and outlines)
- Text: Snelting, F. and Rocha, J. (2018) MakeHuman in Braidotti, R. and Hlavajova, M. (eds), The Posthuman Glossary (London: Bloomsbury Academic)
- Pamphlet: Possible Bodies (2015) Information for Users. Leaflet in the framework of the Interface Manifesto writing sprint (Barcelona: self-published)
- Text: Correspondence with Romi Morrison (2020)
- Text: Contribution by Ramon Amaro (2020)
- Text: The Industrial Continuum of 3D (2020)
- Fanzine: Possible Bodies (2017) The Continuum. Plaquette in the framework of Rotation II: Imagined Mishearings (Barcelona: Hangar)
- Workshop documentation + script: Bau Design College of Barcelona, Signs of clandestine disorder for the uniformed and codified crowd (2017)
- Text: So-called plants (2020)
- Pritchard, Helen; Rocha, Jara and Snelting, Femke, We Have Always Been Geohackers (2019).
- Workshop documentation: LiDAR on the rocks (2019)
- Report: Rocha, J. (2019) A Bugged Report, transmediale Journal
- Fiction: Possible Bodies feat. Helen Pritchard (2018). Ultrasonic Dreams of Aclinical Renderings. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No. 13