Stephen Cornford

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 Constant Linear Velocity   
 

A kinetic sculpture for used computer cases with automated and amplified optical disc drives. The title of the work describes the playback of a compact disc: a system in which the further from the centre the laser moves the disc faster the disc has to spin in order to maintain a consistent audio signal. Here the technical facts of the compact disc are applied to our rapacious appetite for digital technologies, which are not to be as immaterial as we have been sold. While our technical progress may appear to be constant and linear to the listener, the cycles of purchase and disposal spin at ever faster rates towards the edge of the disc.

"My first, and as it turns out only, physical encounter with Constant Linear Velocity was in the context of Detritus, a 3-day festival at the OCC, curated by Yannis Kotsonis. Situated on the building’s 4th-floor foyer, it stood as a totemic construction at first glance: dozens of meticulously cleaned and stacked up computer cases, reaching all the way to the ceiling. Its sounds denoted another, more fragile and transient layer of presence. This assemblage of disused equipment emitted a complex and unsettling pulsation: long stretches of stillness interrupted by moments of increasingly erratic density. CD trays sticking out and quietly retreating; like exhausted mechanical tongues, in anticipation of an ever-suspended finishing line.

Our everyday objects, the instruments that serve as the infrastructure to our increasingly immaterial cultures, appear animate when functional, then cumbersome and uncanny when stripped of their use. When we acknowledge them as failing, when we allow ourselves to fail with them, the divide between subjects and objects becomes blurrier. Then something of our own machinations begins to unravel. We are only as real as our technologies." 
Danae Stefanou

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

--------------------------------------------------2024
Four Million Tonnes per Annum

--------------------------------------------------2023
Spectral Index

Petrified Media

--------------------------------------------------2022
Dark Current Collages
Horizon of Fulfillment

--------------------------------------------------2021
To Photograph A Rock
Pixel Mining

--------------------------------------------------2019
RGB [Retinally Governed Behaviours]

--------------------------------------------------2018
Saturation Trails - Acid
- Laser
- X-Ray
Destruction of an Image Sensor

-------------------------------------------------2016
Constant Linear Velocity
Augenmusik
Methodology for a Synaesthetic Screen

-------------------------------------------------2015
Migration
Digital Audio Film

-------------------------------------------------2013
Solipsism Cinema
Archipelago

-------------------------------------------------2012
Recorded (on) Delivery
Five Introverted Machines

-------------------------------------------------2011
Binatone Galaxy

-------------------------------------------------2010
In Search of a Concrete Music

-------------------------------------------------2009
Works for Turntable

-------------------------------------------------2008
Three Piece
Air Guitar
Extended Piano

------------------------------------------------2007
Trespassing The Olympic Site
For Violin, Viola & Tape