The Other NefertitI
2015, artistic intervention + 3D print + video
“The Other Nefertiti” talks about decolonizing our minds, democratizing culture, and activating artifacts. We strived to make this cultural object publicly accessible and to promote a contemporary and critical approach to how the so-called “Global North“ deals with heritage and the representation of “the Other.” We should tell stories of entanglement and deconstruct. Nefertiti is a great case to tell stories to differ from the dominant narrative and see how they intertwine.
The data of the Nefertiti existed for seven years but was never publicly released by the Neues Museum. Two months after, we released the data, as .stl-file with a density of 9mil polygons during the Chaos Computer Congress 32C3, and the number of downloads exceeded 100k times soon after. A video documenting the secret scanning went viral, and the dataset got shared and remixed countless times.
„Artists ‘steal’ Queen Nefertiti bust by secretly scanning and releasing 3D printing data online. The scanning was an act of protest against Western museums taking artifacts from abroad and claiming them as their own.“
The Other Nefertiti, photograph of 3D Print
The Other Nefertiti, .gif (3D render) infinite loop