There were ‘Five Good Emperors’ of ancient Rome – Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. These five men were the most successful of their kind. ‘One Good Emperor’ asks if by mixing and blending their best attributes can we find the greatest Emperor of the Roman Empire?
Using his 3D scanning and remixing tools, Ben Alun-Jones has scanned the busts of the Five Good Emperors of Ancient Rome and mixed them in an attempt to find the One Good Emperor. By taking scans from busts in the British Museum in London and the Getty Museum in California, Ben has created 3D models of these busts and can then slice, cut and paste them to create new mixtures.
Many of these classical busts were actually reproductions and so the idea of the original can often be distorted. This project questions the notions of value and uniqueness in a world where any object can be scanned, sampled and reproduced, simply by recording the object on video.
Hadrian 2.0 a direct reinterpretation of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and one possible Good Emperor will be on show at the Works Collective in Ventura Lambrate Milan as part of the Works Collective. Visitors can also play with the slices of these emperors to create their own blend or remix.