#Additivism Residency and Event Series

A series of events with the creators of the 3D Additivist Manifesto.
March 21 – April 5, 2016  |  Colab, AUT City Campus

Add to my Calendar 03-21-2016 16:15:00 04-05-2016 17:15:00 Pacific/Auckland #Additivism Residency and Event Series For details, link here: https://colab.aut.ac.nz/events/additivism-residency/ AUT City Campus

We are very pleased to bring artist and activist Morehshin Allahyari and writer/artist Daniel Rourke to Auckland to share their extensive project #Additivism with us whilst they continue their own research and practice.

A portmanteau of ‘additive manufacturing’ and ‘activism’ #Additivism is a call for the radical rethinking of new technologies like 3D printing, the plastification of the world, and the position of humans within it.

Through a series of free public events we invite you to engage in the conversations provoked by #Additivism.


Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari presenting their lecture “What is #Additivism?” at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, September 2015.


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Additivism Workshop
March 21 – 24, 2016  | 10am – 4pm daily  |  Free – Application required
A conceptual workshop focusing on critical perspectives in art, design, activism, post-natural history, and #Additivism, as well as the radical possibilities and critical limitations of 3D printing technology.

Additivism Meetup
March 23, 2016  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm  |  Free
Morehshin and Daniel will take us on a trip through some of their favourite projects they have discovered on their Additivist journey.

April 4, 2016  |  5:00pm – 6:30pm  |  Free
Daniel and Moreshin will share their own research and practice in relationship to #Additivism, activism, and critical/poetic approaches to 3D printing.

Additivism Artist Talk
April 5, 2016  |  6:00pm – 7:30pm  |  Free
Morehshin will give a presentation on Material Speculation followed by a Q&A.

Additivism Residency
March 21 – April 6, 2016. Colab, AUT.
Daniel and Morehshin will be in residence at Colab working on the forthcoming 3D Additivist Cookbook.


The 3D Additivist Manifesto from Morehshin Allahyari on Vimeo.

Visit the additivism.org website for full information.

#Additivism is knowingly ironic, playful, and contradictory. The 3D Additivist Manifesto calls creators and thinkers to action around a technology filled with hope and promise: the 3D printer. By considering this technology as a potential force for good, bad, and otherwise, it aims to disrupt binary thinking entirely, drawing together makers and thinkers invested in the idea of real, radical, change.

We believe technology can open up new perspectives, providing us with the means to challenge the structures, ideas, and institutions that maintain the status quo. But technological change is – almost by definition – tied to the functions of capitalism: a system that profits the few, often at the expense of civil liberties or the environment.

Founded on those principles, The 3D Additivist Cookbook will be published freely online in 2016 under a Creative Commons License. Additivist submissions will explore the potential of Additivist technologies to provoke affirmative action and systemic reorganisation in light of grand narratives such as Posthumanism, Accelerationism, and The Anthropocene.


Morehshin Allahyari (@morehshin) Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist, art activist, educator, and occasional curator. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects; a poetic mean to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions and workshops around the world. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, NPR, VICE, Parkett Art Magazine, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Creators Project, Dazed Digital, Neural Magazine, Global Voices Online, and Al Jazeera among others. Morehshin is the Co-Founder of the Experimental Research Lab at Pier9/Autodesk.


Daniel Rourke (@therourke) is a writer/artist and academic. His research hijacks speculative and science fiction in search of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities), including extensive writing on the intersection between digital materiality and the arts. He is a feature and review writer for Rhizome.org and Furtherfield.org, lecturer in Digital Media Arts at London South Bank University, and associate lecturer for the History of Art, Design and Film at Kingston University. Daniel will complete his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, in early 2016.



Image by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke for their project ‘#Additivism’


Colab is the collaboratory for Design and Creative Technologies at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. Our aim is to encourage researchers, students and stakeholders to imagine, construct, articulate and navigate rapidly changing social, economic, technological and career environments.

Colab is supporting the Additivism residency and event series to develop deeper critical and theoretical engagement with new technologies like 3D printing. We believe the social and political implications of new technologies warrant deeper investigation and that such critical inquiry can support more innovative approaches to the use of these technologies.

The Additivism residency and event series is being run by Colab in collaboration with the 3D printing Lab with support from the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at AUT.

All inquiries please contact Harry Silver on (09) 9219566 or hsilver@aut.ac.nz