This piece was created by scanning electron microscopy. The lines of the gradually self-reducing anagram poem were printed on a semiconductor device sample of Germanium and Silicon dioxide. The lines of the poem were written by a focus Ga ion beam into the sample. Placed into the microscope, the sequences of images were scanned by electrons at ranges from 400x all the way to 10000x. The first line was taken from the manual of the focused ion beam imaging system. Scanning Electron Microscopy: Rodolfo Camacho-Aguilera, Cinematography: Generoso Fierro, Editing: Garrett Beazley
A version of this piece can be downloaded or played from here: https://vimeo.com/25026492
Leonardo Flores writes about the piece: “This work is published as a video documentation of a simultaneously analog and digital poem – an instance of extreme inscription as described by Matthew Kirschenbaum. Written on a semiconductor alloy with “a focus GA ion beam” at font sizes much smaller than a pixel, requiring an electron microscope with magnification “ranges from 400x all the way to 10000x”. The naked eye cannot read this poem unaided, so the video takes us through an edited journey into the poem’s text reminiscent of Prezi, but much cooler in its materiality”.
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