From Silicon to Pixel: Exploring the material origins of the simulated image

Dolan, Paul (2019) From Silicon to Pixel: Exploring the material origins of the simulated image. In: SAS2019 - The 31st Conference of the Society for Animation Studies, 17th - 21st June 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

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This paper will use ideas from the Geology of Media (Parikka, 2015) to explore how animation can be traced back to particular geographic locations via the materials involved in their construction. This will be elucidated via reference to my own practice, which includes an animated simulation of a silicon mine in North Carolina that supplies Intel raw silicon for micro-processor manufacturing. This work attempts to create a direct link between an animated landscape and one of its many real-world material origins.

The paper will be based upon my recently completed PhD thesis and practice-led research which uses animation to open up ideas about media, time, materials and the environment. Within the thesis I explored the relationship between the recalcitrant characteristics of the computer simulated image in the context of geology and more broadly, the Anthropocene.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Simulation, Materiality, Practice-based research, Media Ecologies, Mining, Assemblage, Ontology
Subjects: V500 Philosophy
W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 09:24
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 16:04

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