Conservation and innovation converge in the work of Bastiaan de Nennie, who taps into our physical world in search of shapes that have the potential to live a second life on screen. Objects that are on the verge of ‘extinction’ as a result of technical progress are digitized with the aid of 3D scan techniques. Thus they find their way into the digital realm, where they are taken out of proportion before being reassembled. For Incarnate, elements found in nature receive a virtual counterpart. Taking his project even one step further, De Nennie uses a 3D printer to lend shape to his virtual compositions. As suggested by the project’s title, objects are returned to their physical states, and are then clad in copper foil, styrofoam and fake tattoos. The appliqué adds artisanal qualities to the futuristic forms of the assembled fabrications.