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(2009)
The University of Michigan
Scanned composite of beets, Swiss chard, plastic 

Using a high-resolution scanner, Shift explored the impact of modern technology on our relationship with the natural world.

The act of scanning seems particularly robotic and sterile as a medium, as the laser beam meticulously analyzes each particle of an object to produce an image. Unlike a camera, where a photographer creates an intimate environment and manipulates the light and angle to shape the frame, a scanner dictates many of these qualities already, further removing the artist from the process.

As the integration of artificial ingredients and materials have made their way into many of our products, Shift also touched on this evolution by weaving plastic into the similarly structured folds of the produce.