The SCUM GUN™ (2014) is a monument to Valerie Solanas who was a monumental woman of hard action and honest words. Her S.C.U.M. manifesto is unique and she followed up by shooting Andy Warhol. Equally she needs an authentic portrait doing eternal justice to her transgressive performance and inspirational conduct. The monument therefore comes in the shape of a functional gun design to be printed on all standard 3D printers.
In times of rape, violence and killing of women, women need to uphold themselves by all means necessary. Drastic changes to the current gender inequality are now imminent. Some give the fight for women’s rights a face; we give its partisans a gun. The SCUM GUN™ is a leap ahead in the fight for women’s rights.
The SCUM GUN™ is downloadable in standard .stl format. Color of the gun is of your choice. However we recommend nude for concealment, alternatively light pink. We ask you to consider the environment and choose the option of printing the gun in PLA. In case you need to quickly and safely deposit the gun you can do so by devouring it. Otherwise, or for recycling, please compost The SCUM GUN™ after use in your nearest flowerbed.
– Art as a Weapon; Performative sculpture and live 3D-printing
New technologies forces new thoughts upon us. We have gotten used to the possibilities of smartphones and social media, the surveillance and terror of drone technology – and now comes the 3D printer. It holds the size of your espresso machine, and is as easy to use and cheaper than a laptop. You can now print a weapon in your own kitchen, having the choice of a gun or a cappuccino for breakfast. This is no utopia. The technology and free downloads of functional, digital weapons are available online to every teenager.
We are caught in between our fascination of technology and the despair of losing control. Can these weapons be used? Will yesterday’s toy guns become today’s deadly accessories? In the anniversary year of Edvard Munch, new technology opens up for an anxiety as heavy as the expressionist painter once imagined.
The exhibition shows a performative production of functional plastic weapons, produced by the new desktop generation of 3D printers. This physical manifestation sheds a critical light on the weapon, terror and defense debate of today.
This contemporary art piece goes beyond the symbols of the canvas and pulls out a scream of anxiety, suffering and death using production technological methods.
An ecological gun
The guns are made of PLA plastic which naturally decays in nature. PLA is a thermoplastic, alifatic polyester that is made from renewable sources. If you get tired of the gun you can recycle it as foodwaste.