Stephen Cornford

Anarchitecture of Vision: exposing the technics of the digital image

This practice-based research project seeks to reveal the structure of the digital image through direct material interaction with image sensors – the now ubiquitous photosensitive semiconductors which transduce light into data in all digital cameras. The work produced will provide a new vocabulary of experimental digital video processes, thereby redressing the almost complete lack of in-camera experimentation with the digital medium. This vocabulary necessarily borrows from the laboratory processes used in optoelectronic research, using lasers, acid and radiation to explore the image sensor’s sensitivity to invisible wavelengths and hazardous chemicals. So, although akin to the scratching of celluloid common in experimental film practice, the nature of these processes is intended to critique the impenetrability of the digital and the inhumanity of even the most mundane contemporary technologies.