Ingenious action by Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles, a sculpture of the head of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum Berlin illegally scanned, reproduced the head in a 3D printer and sculpture brought back to their home country Egypt. Virtual art theft and Comment intellectual property based on ancient art works. Basically you can with any camera now generate 3D scans. One does not need more laser, just lots of pictures of the object. Thus, one can just walk in any museum and each object „3D scan“. Is this then illegally? Photography is so often not illegal. If this makes the provision of 3D data illegally? So then probably judges must grapple in future, when the first sculptures by Jeff Koons are printed on home printer…
Nefertiti is returning to the place where it was found. For the first time since the sculpture was excavated and stolen over 100 years ago, the iconic artefact will be shown in Cairo. “ “The Other Nefertiti” is an artistic intervention by the two German artists Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles. Al-Badri and Nelles scanned The Head of Nefertiti clandestinely in the Neues Museum Berlin without permission of the Museum and they hereby announce the release of the 3D data of Nefertitis head under a Creative Commons Licence.
The artists 3D-Print exhibited in Cairo is the most precise scan ever made public of the original head of Nefertiti. With regard to the notion of belonging and possession of objects of other cultures, the artists intention is to make cultural objects publicly accessible. The Neues Museum in Berlin until today does not allow any access to the head of Nefertiti nor to the data from their scan.
Her museum hack the two had a presentation at 32c3, the Video this here: