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 Saturation Trails  [ X-ray ]   
 

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 X-ray assay exposed the image sensors from two commercial cameras, one HD and one SD, to an incremental dose of X-ray radiation. While the duration of these exposures was not sufficient to do permanent damage, it was imaged in both cameras as a coloured noise pattern, and caused other artifacts to be produced in the image. In exhibition these videos are shown alongside theappropriated footage from the internal investigation of the primary containment vessel of Fukushima Daiichi, Unit 2 (stills of which can be seen below). Here the endoscopic camera produces an involuntary record of the radiation inside the reactor.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

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