In his dissertation, artist Matt Wheeldon explores the interrelationship between art and science. In particular, he examines these opposing methods of understanding of the world, and then poses the question of whether this is still a problem for today’s contemporary society. Has the divide now become reconciled with the development of new media art within the digital age? As Wheeldon describes the work,
“These pieces are the product of an exploration into two seemingly opposed aspects of the technology essential to our everyday lives. The first being the raw materials that are used to create our pocket devices, such as coltan and gold and the chemical structures found within these elements and ores. The second is the patterns of wireless communication, both in local connections but also in the expanded view of a world based upon these technological connections. The sculptures are created through the dismantling of LCD screens from laptops and phones and reconstructing them into towers, the forms of the towers are based upon the structures of both crystals and wireless communication, representing how seemingly small intricate connections built to support a larger structure, as seen within crystals and the internet.”
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