proposal, digital renderings

The file of Nefertiti bust is accessible online as the outcome of the project Nefertiti Hack made by German artists Jan Nikolai Nelles and Nora Al-Badri. Supposedly the original sculpture was scanned illegally with Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor in Neues Museum Berlin during the visiting hours. The idea is to free the iconic sculpture from the possession of the Western institution and return it to Egypt as a materialized 3d print. This project questions the problematic history of artefacts since in many cases they were looted from their original resting place.

High detail of this file raises doubts about the scanning method described by the artists, leaving the question about the origin of the virtual Nefertiti bust open.

The virtual model of Nefertiti bust was sliced such that the specimen is being dissected in the lab, erasing the rest of the form leaving just a glimpse of the original. The form starts and ends in one single point which represents limits of visible, limits of comprehension of the past which can be only interpreted. Only glimpses of the original are left.