Phillip Stearns uses electronics to create phenomenological works of light and sound. Deconstruction, dissection, and reconfiguration are methods he commonly employs in his hands-on approach to creating works using electronics. Through the application of extended techniques for electronic media, the circuit is explored as a means for sculpting electricity. His creative praxis is aimed at revealing hidden macrocosms of potential, new materials for expression, and new paths for inquiries into understanding the state of things. In his work with technology, the machine is understood as the living manifestation of human intentions where the development and application of our technologies, machines and tools reveals our desires and dreams—both conscious and unconscious.
The "DCP Series" is a collection of digital images produced by intentionally corrupting the circuitry of various Kodak DC series low-resolution digital cameras. By rewiring or "preparing" the cameras on-board electronics, digital images are produced in a manner that inverts the process of the camera-less photogram; these images are all camera and no light. In addition to re-examining the essential nature of photography in the digital age, the project explores the algorithmic unconscious at work behind the discipline of digital photography. 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. As much as these images are the residue of an external agency acting upon the camera, they are also machine hallucinations, electric sheep.
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