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Project Overview

Screens are everywhere. From the mobile phone in your hand to the computer you’re viewing now, these displays have saturated our world. As digital screens get better, thinner, and even flexible, they recede further into the background, becoming more omnipresent and invisible.

Screen As︎︎︎ is an ongoing suite of experiments that adapt modern technology in unusual ways to create new ideas about screens. It involves thinking and researching digital materiality through material explorations of the digital screen. Experimenting through the material itself, this research speculates on new relationships to the technology in ways that may be historical, unusual and surprising. This project shows that screens are not just display devices but also sophisticated material spaces. To read more visit: screen-as.com

Completed as part of honours research at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Thanks to: Jacquie, Andrew, Monica, Zoe, Nicky, Livia and Aaron.

Project website:
screen-as.com




Exhibition


This three-way projection immersive installation was designed for the end of year exhibition. Each projector displays an assortment of imagery and video generated over the course of the research project. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the screens in their
own ways.






Select experiments




Screen As Liquid

Water and technology are materials that should not mix, and rather, should be kept separated from each other. However, this dichotomy highlights the materiality of both elements. Placing drops of liquid (glycerin for its very thick viscosity) onto a monitor  emphasises the screen's presence and reveals the magnifying effects of water.






Screen As Composite
This experiment uses LCD matrices (taken from old laptops) to create beautiful compositions. Like a composite photograph, splitting the matrix and overlapping the different layers creates an image.






Screen As Colour

Digital screens and the RGB colour space boast a myriad of colours that CMYK printers cannot reproduce. In Screen As Pixel, I learnt that the phosphors (found inside a pixel) influence tones depending on the intensity of the light emitted. This test explores coloured light and how it reacts with printed colours.