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 Saturation Trails  [ Laser ]   
 

VIDEO

The three chapters of Saturation Trails reveal the architecture of the digital image through direct material interaction with image sensors, the now ubiquitous photosensitive semicondcutors which transduce light into voltage in our digital cameras. The project appropriates three techniques from optoelectronic manufacture and testing: pulsed lasers, acid etching and x-ray radiation.

The laser tests exposed a variety of compact camera image sensors to laser pulses fired in a horizontal line across their surface, inscribing a permanent horizon across the image. As the power of the laser increases, the vertical columns of the sensor are broken revealing the grid by which the image is produced. The objective lens of the laser apparatus was reflected onto the image folding cause and effect together. As the sensor is increasingly damaged the camera's attempts to normalise the exposure also become visible.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

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

Cancelled Topographies

--------------------------------------------------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