Stephen Cornford

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This video, made during an Earth Art Fellowship at Bristol University, is constructed around a short text of theoretical reflections on the volcanological experiments that I observed during the Fellowship. Taking the imaging and visual analysis technologies used by the scientists as its basis, the video draws comparisons between the earth processes simulated in the labs and the technical processes involved in the manufacture of a digital camera: comparing the furnaces used to study magma with those used to bake semiconductors.

The work considers the continuous presence of silica and silicon throughout the scientists’ experiments, both as earth media - the silicates pyroxene and plagioclase in magma - and as technical media - the camera sensors and computer chips used to image these samples and analyse the results. Silicon is then both the subject of the experiment and the instrument used to study it, the substance through which both magma and data flow. Minerals processed into machines photograph molten minerals and compute their behaviour in changing states of temperature and pressure, writing out abstractions of their own minerality.

 

 

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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