Stephen Cornford

Stephen Cornford is a media artist and experimental musician who works by reconfiguring consumer electronics as expressive and reflective devices. His current research is concerned with image sensors: the now ubiquitous photosensitive semiconductors which transduce light into data in all digital cameras. This project seeks to reveal the structure of the digital image through direct material interaction with image sensors, provide a new vocabulary of experimental digital video processes, which begins to redress the almost complete lack of in-camera experimentation with the digital medium. To this end he has exposed the sensors to infra-red laser pulses and hydrofluoric acid, appropriating laboratory processes from the optoelectronics industry in which this microelectronic component is developed. For Annihilation Event, Stephen will perform Destruction of Image Sensor, a work involving the live dissection of a 6 megapixel compact camera.

Stephen Cornford studied at The Slade School of Fine Art and Dartington College of Arts and is currently a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art with Jussi Parikka and Ian Dawson. He has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin, Brighton, Bergen, Ljubljana & London and his work has been included in group exhibtions at the ZKM Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe; ICC, Tokyo; Haus der Electronische Kunst, Basel; Sigma Foundation, Venice and at Bienalles in Lodz and Poznan. Stephen is co-director the Audiograft Festival in Oxford and the Consumer Waste record label and is a founder member of Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film.