Cake Industries

Dean Petersen
Born 1975, Dandenong, vic, Australia. Lives and works Melbourne, Australia.

Jesse Stevens
Born 1981, Adelaide, Australia. Lives and works Melbourne.

Simulacrum 2014
3D printed portraits, frame, LED lights, motors
92 x 130 x 25 cm

Photography: Mark Ashkanasy, Courtesy RMIT Gallery

Cake Industries’ Simulacrum reinstates the sense of occasion and significance of age-old processes of portraiture that have become disposable in the digital world. The artists invited 15 members of their community in Melbourne to have their portrait taken using 3D scanning and printing technology, a process that involves careful and time-consuming preparations by both the subjects and artists to ensure a successful outcome.

In homage to the forgotten subjects of 19th century daguerreotype photographs, the artists have chosen not to identify their subjects by name but by archetypes, including: The Neighbour, The Mechanic, The Performer, The Illustrator, The Explorer, The Artist, The Melbournian, The Cultural Ambassador, The Student, The Salesman, The Costumier, The Designer, The Master Craftsman, The Music Agent and The Activist.