Stephen Cornford


 Saturation Trails  [ X-ray ]   


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.











Four Million Tonnes per Annum

Cancelled Topographies

Spectral Index

Petrified Media

Dark Current Collages
Horizon of Fulfillment

To Photograph A Rock
Pixel Mining

RGB [Retinally Governed Behaviours]

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

Constant Linear Velocity
Methodology for a Synaesthetic Screen

Digital Audio Film

Solipsism Cinema

Recorded (on) Delivery
Five Introverted Machines

Binatone Galaxy

In Search of a Concrete Music

Works for Turntable

Three Piece
Air Guitar
Extended Piano

Trespassing The Olympic Site
For Violin, Viola & Tape