Calma: Microchip

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Artist Statement:

    When the object is extremely small or complex, as in the case of this design of a computer microchip, the designer can magnify the detail by “zooming in” for a closer, clearer look. Theoretically, there is no limit to how detailed the design can be, nor to how close the designer can zoom in. (This image shows approximately 5% of the surface of a microchip.) If necessary, the object could be designed at the molecular, even the atomic, level. Components are also color-coded to avoid confusion.

Technical Information:

    Versatec plotter

Process Information:

    Unlimited Detail and Variation

    Unlike conventional design media, such as paper and pencil, a computer’s representation of an object can incorporate every conceivable detail. The amount of detail that a database can contain is virtually infinite, limited only by the available data storage medium (usually magnetic tape or disk). Being able to easily manipulate the database allows designers to rotate, twist, bend, and make other modifications very quickly.

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