George Hinks

George Hinks

University of Westminster

A physical materialisation of infrared radiation via photogrammetrically fused heat signatures.






The recent advancements in commercial thermal imaging technologies has encouraged thermography to be embraced in numerous industries, recent advancements have aided a monumental shift in experimentation and exploration. The modern application of thermal imaging continues to grow exponentially, but only very few are exploited thoroughly.




The project consists of four principle transformations: a sequence of systematic thermal images - photogrammetrically aligned into a virtual three-dimensional model - three-dimensionally printed (additively) - and further casted. Using a thermal imager I was able to convert a subject’s thermal radiation. The state of this surface is addressed and displayed as an intelligible, two-dimensional pattern of differing emissivities. Using photogrammetry software, I was able to coordinate similarities between overlapping two-dimensional heat signatures. From this I calculated accurate camera locations and surface points, transcribing the geometry of my subject into a virtual space. Three-dimensional printing allowed me to introduce this object into real space, and by casting, I was able to reproduce this object into tactile and expressive realms.




Using the Fluke Ti450i Thermal Imager, a device appropriated to preventive and predictive maintenance, building diagnostics and condition monitoring, the project embraces and engages the unique technical aspects of its application; separating the device from its distinguishable functions. Ordinarily the thermal image operates to serve information in direct value, Four Transformations attempts to manipulate and protrude this tradition. By converting data from one format and structure to another, the process grasps the intangible surface of infrared radiation, and subsequently materialise the thermal image - what ceases to exist in any physical representation. These invasive processes draw on that of the photographic, while expanding the flattened consciousness of the thermographic image. The result is an analogous distortion; an abstract biological trace which is strangely comprehensible.

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