shredded, melted and pressed e-waste and productional wastage by Dutch designer Joris Laarman, 90 x 70cm
“While scrolling on your smartphone a cosmic ray can strike the Earth’s atmosphere, creating cascades of subatomic particles including energetic neutrons, muons and pions, beating your screen to create a bitflip, manifesting in a glitchy phone.
Without realising it, you have experienced a cosmic ray attack, creating a bitflip in your smartphone. In the future, cosmic bit flipping will happen more often because processors become smaller and more energy efficient.
For Gazing Bitflips Nuyten started to detect and collect bitflips with a smartphone turned into a pocket detector, discovering lit pixels caused by cosmic rays on a daily basis. It is a first attempt to get bitflips off the screen, by melting and solidifying the exact moment of a cosmic strike on a smartphone. The outcome reminds one of a dazzling galaxy; the home of the cosmic rays.
This body of work is made of shredded, melted and pressed production waste of Dutch designer Joris Laarman and e-waste.” Press release Art Rotterdam
Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij