In Search of Silica
This work documents my search for silica. It is a project that grew out of a fascination with the relationship between our digital and material worlds. The new structures, environments and spheres of reality that we construct online are entirely reliant and built on the foundations of the material world. I chose to explore silica, not only because it is (at present) the compound from which we extract silicon for semi-conductors (the logic gates that mediate our choices) but also because it is widespread in the architecture of the natural world – symbolic of the way autonomous and digital technologies are now everywhere in our daily lives.
Jeff Black • Thomas Bryant • Anita Chaudhuri • Nicholas Holt • Paul Lewis • Tom Lucas • Annapurna Mellor • Tolly Robinson • Alex Schneideman • Heidi Kawai Smith • Emma Wilson •