Thermal Strategies, Trouble in Paradise

 

 

Thermal Strategies: Trouble in Paradise

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2 Ohms and an Analog Displacement
2016
(From right) Graphene sheet, couplers, RGB LED, fiber optic cable, oil, power bank, acrylic, 24 x 18 x 2.5 inches
graphene nanoplatelet powder, RGB LED, acrylic, 24 x 18 x 1.5 inches

 
 
 
 
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Barrier 1
2016
Graphene nanoplatelets and oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches

 

In this project I use graphene, sometimes called the twenty-first century wonder material, to extend cartographies and narratives of media, information and hardware.

With the chemical properties of graphene at the microscale well documented in the literature, I focus instead on the manufacturing processes, optical qualities and severe fragility of nanoparticle arrangements at the macroscopic, visible level. This course of action speaks to the fact that, even as the boundaries between digital-born and physical phenomena become increasingly blurred – a kaleidoscoping of first principles that I cherish for sure – this advancing internet of everything is at the same time dependent on very real hardware, land, and earth-mined resources.