Role Reversal: Interview with Ross Ticknor

Episode 187 · July 17th, 2021 · 36 mins 22 secs

About this Episode

As artists --engaged for the most part in fairly traditional and long-established ways of working—it may be hard to understand or embrace new technologies. Yet artists have always been involved in revolutionary advances in culture and technology. Today we will discuss some technologies that have liberating potential for artists. In a bit of role reversal, our guest today is Ross Ticknor, and his focus is on the uses of 3-D printing for artists.

New technologies are always evolving and gradually becoming accepted and expected aspects of our lives. Many of us remember the time before microwaves, cell phones, and personal computers. Each of these no longer seems radical or difficult to integrate into daily life. It’s helpful to be open to learning about new ideas that can benefit us as artists, and not shy away because they are unfamiliar.

A few years from now, cryptocurrency and 3-D printing, to name two examples, will likely be commonplace in our lives. These technologies have the benefit of empowering individuals in that they allow us the freedom to depart from current systems of banking and corporate production and exercise more control over our personal lives in these ways.

As artists, how can we explore the benefits of 3-D printing? The equipment and materials are relatively inexpensive, and there are many designs (including a mini-printing press) that are free online. Once you become familiar with the technology, you might also explore making custom studio tools, texture rollers, storage units, or even sculpture with a 3-D printer.

As cultural influencers, artists can help to shape the use of new technologies in our society in positive ways. Those of us who get involved in the early stages of a technology reap the most benefits.

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