Phillip Stearns (US)
artwork, digital prints
Images from an intentionally corrupted Kodak DC280. By rewiring the electronics of a digital camera, glitched images are produced in a manner that parallels chemically processing unexposed film or photographic paper to produce photographic images without exposure to light.
The DCP Series of Digital Images are direct visualizations of data generated by a digital camera as it takes a picture. Electronic processes associated with the normal operations of the camera, which are usually taken for granted, are revealed through an act of intervention. The camera is turned inside-out through complexes of short-circuits, selected by the artist, transforming the camera from a picture taking device to a data capturing device that renders raw data (electronic signals) as images. In essence, these images are snap-shots of electronic signals dancing through the camera’s circuits, manually rerouted, written directly to the on-board memory device. Rather than seeing images of the world through a lens, we catch a glimpse of what the camera sees when it is forced to peer inside its own mind.
Phillip Stearns’ work lies at the intersection of art, philosophy, and science, drawing upon a variety of disciplines including installation, audio-video works, circuit sculpture, writing, performance art and musical composition. The driving force motivating his practice comes from an intense fascination with technological objects and a deep skepticism towards modern applications of technology, especially in the creation of closed circuits of production/consumption. His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Harvestworks [2010 NYC]; Gli.tc/H [2010 Chicago, IL]; Festival De Arte Digital (FAD) [2010 Belo Horizonte, Brazil]; FILE [2009 Sao Paulo, Brazil]; NIME [2009 Pittsburgh, PA]; Filmer La Musique [2009 Paris, France]; FONLAD [2009 Coimbra, Portugal]; Torrance Art Museum [2008, 2007 Los Angeles, CA]; Optica Film Festival [2008 Gijon, Spain]. He has participated in residencies at Museums Quartier (Vienna 2010), STEIM (Amsterdam 2007), Experimental Television Center (NY 2009), Harvestworks (NY 2010), and is the current AIRTime Fellow at Free103Point9 for the 2010-2011 cycle.
var _gaq = _gaq || ; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-13056227-2']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);