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The 3D Additivist Manifesto

Item number: 019
Item title: The 3D Additivist Manifesto
Author(s) of the item: Morehshin Allahyari + Daniel Rourke
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2015
Entry of the item into the inventory: 02/2017
Inventor(s) for this item: Possible Bodies

This is a manifesto-as-artwork, adding together the vocabularies of futurism, cyberfeminism, post-humanism and accelerationism. While the actual Manifesto calls for many things, it's tweetable version is a call for "an acceleration of the 3D printer and other technologies to their absolute limits and beyond into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird." The text itself reads as a seamless appropriation of their own reading list: Philip K. Dick, F.T. Marinetti, Rosi Braidotti, George Bataille ... Seemingly written as subtitle-track to a video depicting a desaturated landfill full of glossy 3D detritus, the Manifesto has circulated widely and spawned the massive 360-page publicaation The 3D Additivist Manifesto Cookbook, published only a year later.

Still from The 3D Additivist Manifesto (2015): "Our technologies are the sex organs of material speculation."

Authors of the manifesto Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, say to be concerned with critiquing the role that 'radical' new technologies might have in a changing world. They "question whether it’s possible to change the world without also changing ourselves, and what the implications are of taking a position" and subsequently claim to "embrace the 3D Printer in the same way that Donna Haraway embraced the figure of the Cyborg in her influential text A Cyborg Manifesto (1983)." Whether they mean that The 3D Additivist Manifesto should be read as a cyberfeminist project as well, is not clear.

Manifesto: http://additivism.org/manifesto
Download file: https://possiblebodies.constantvzw.org/inventory/assets/The_3D_Additivist_Manifesto.pdf
Video: https://vimeo.com/122642166