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By Lee Wagstaff
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About this project

Project - archiving the artists body

About Me

I have been a working artist since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2000 where I was the first person to present my tattooed body in defense of a Masters Of Fine Art degree. As an artist I use my body as an arena for investigation, experimentation and exhibition  - using  patterns, shapes and symbols to seek an alliance between geometry and anatomy, space and faith.

Reward # 4 Skull t-shirt printed and ´modelled´ by me.
Reward # 4 Skull t-shirt printed and ´modelled´ by me.

This Project

The aim of this project is to create a 360 degree full body photogrammetry scanning rig dedicated to the capture of tattoo art and body modification. Although ancient in their origins tattooing and body arts are significant forms of personal expression in the 21st century. Modified bodies are living breathing cultural artifacts, but unlike a Greek statue or an illuminated manuscript they are fragile and ephemeral and have a limited (shelf) life. Photography is one way to record body art but does not fully capture the 3 dimensional nature of the human body.

Photogrammetry

Digital technologies present many options for body scanning but can be complicated and very expensive. Photogrammetry is an analogue process brought into the digital age by sophisticated and powerful software. It utilizes off the shelf hardware and software transforming multiple digital photographic images into 3 dimensional digital models that unlike laser scanning also includes high resolution realistic full color textures.

The set up - why I need funds

So far I have been experimenting with multiple images taken with one digital SLR camera and a turntable to test the software and get a feel for the scanning process. It takes 30 seconds for 1 rotation of the turntable and because I am scanning a living subject (me) it is impossible to remain completely still leading to slightly blurred images. By using multiple cameras (at least 20) I can reduce the `scanning`time  and increase the accuracy of the capture. (I am a pretty handy person so the physical structure of the rig I can make with plastic tubing, wood and wire etc).

Once the images are captured I need a relatively powerful computer to process the images that create the model. For the best and quickest results the photogrammetry software requires a lot of RAM and powerful processors, my tiny Mac mini does its best but just can´t cope.

Aims of this project

I will be the first guinea pig for this rig a la Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly" hopefully I will make it fully formed into the digital plane as a high resolution 3d model that will be available to view on a dedicated 3d body art website and to print as a full colour sandstone miniature. Once I have perfected the technique I will scan more tattooed/modified people to create an archive and database accessible to the public to safeguard this important part of our visual culture for future generations.

Your Support and Exclusive Rewards

If you like this project and like me believe that body modification is an important part of our cultural equity that should be preserved and accessible please support me.  All these rewards are exclusive, created just for this project. They are all made by me so you can be assured of the quality. Thank you.

Reward # 7 - Flood II - Ltd edition screen print on metal. (70 x 50 cm).
Reward # 7 - Flood II - Ltd edition screen print on metal. (70 x 50 cm).

Your Support and Exclusive Rewards

If you like this project and like me believe that body modification is an important part of our cultural equity that should be preserved and accessible please support me.  All these rewards are exclusive, created just for this project and will not be available after. They are all made by me so you can be assured of the quality. Thank you.

Reward # 6 - Sweetness & Light - Ltd edition screen print signed. (30 x 45 cm).
Reward # 6 - Sweetness & Light - Ltd edition screen print signed. (30 x 45 cm).
Reward #5 - Transfiguration - signed ltd edition C-type print (30 x 40cm)
Reward #5 - Transfiguration - signed ltd edition C-type print (30 x 40cm)
Reward # 3 - Shroud - signed poster.
Reward # 3 - Shroud - signed poster.

“The emergence of Lee’s image on the Shroud elevates him to the status of a surrogate divine seemingly without the intervention of God. It comes off as both disquietingly heroic and at the same time spiritually arrogant” - David Bowie

Risks and challenges

There are minimal risks with this project I am an experienced print maker and photographer and I have already tested and understand the basic mechanics of the hardware and the possibilities of the software so there is just the logistics of building and operating the rig and scanner. As for the rewards they are all made by me and will be ready to ship as soon as the campaign is finished.

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    Reward #1. Exclusive E Postcard and behind the scenes documentation, mention on the website and a regular newsletter. You will receive invitations to all related exhibitions and launch parties.

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    Reward # 2. 3d model of me (full figure with texture) to edit / mash up (stl or obj file) e mailed directly to you.

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    Reward # 5. (Transfigured) Limited edition archival c-type print 21 x 29 printed on Fuji archive paper, signed and numbered.

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    Reward # 6. (Sweetness and Light) Screen print on acid free archival paper 42 x 29 c.m.

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    Reward # 7. (Flood II) Screenprint on metal and Berlin studio tour. 50 x 70 cm.

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    Reward # 8. Full body scan for one person (you or a friend) at the Berlin studio - includes scanning and processing. You will receive a high resolution print/web ready 3d file.

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    Reward # 9. Miniature (12cm) full colour sandstone statue of you created from a scan in the Berlin studio. (Scan included).

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    Reward # 10. Full colour sandstone (15cm) 3d print of my body plus a studio tour and an unforgettable evening out in Berlin.

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    Reward #11. Rewards #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #10 plus a Lee Wagstaff live performance and full exhibition anywhere in the world.

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