Stephen Cornford (UK)

Stephen Cornford is a media artist and experimental musician based in Bristol who works by reconfiguring consumer electronics into expressive and reflective devices as a means of critiquing the ideologies they embody. Stephen has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin, Brighton, Bergen, Ljubljana & London and his work has been included in group exhibitions at the ZKM, Karlsruhe; ICC, Tokyo; Haus der Electronische Kunst, Basel; Sigma Foundation, Venice and at Bienalles in Łodz and Poznan. Stephen studied at The Slade School of Fine Art and Dartington College of Arts and is currently a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art under the supervision of Jussi Parikka. He is currently Lecturer in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. Stephen is a founding Member of Bristol Experimental & Expanded Film (BEEF), Co-Director of Audiograft Festival, Oxford, and Co-Director of Consumer Waste Records.

Stephen’s current work series Saturation Trails is concerned with digital image sensors: the now ubiquitous photosensitive semiconductors which transduce light into data in all cameras. The project seeks to reveal the structure of the digital image through direct material interaction with image sensors, providing a new vocabulary of experimental digital video processes to redress the technical prohibition of digital in-camera experimentation. To this end he has exposed sensors to infra-red laser pulses and hydrofluoric acid and x-ray radiation, appropriating clean room laboratory processes from the optoelectronics industry in which this microelectronic component is developed and manufactured.

Stephen Cornford

The Quietus interview

Stephen Cornford Audiograft interview

Saturation Trails [laser test #2] from Stephen Cornford on Vimeo.

Filed as: exhibitionemotion + the tech(no)bodyartist

Published on 27 Jul 2017