Eat me, Ditch me
sound sculpture/objects from sugar and electronics
commissioned by Ready Making #5 - Errant Sound, Berlin
electronic components kindly provided by: David Colglazier
Eat me, Ditch me, makes use of sugar and circuitry to play with the intricacies between our appetite and addiction to electronics.
A series of microchips made by Fairchild in the 60s become embodied into hard candy. The chips are part of the first commercially available logic family: the RTLs (Resistor-Transistor-Logic). Sugar turns into both a preservative and a resonating material for sound.
The round-shaped chips with golden legs used initially for computation are repurposed to generate simple audible oscillations. Suspended and conserved in hard candy, the chips buzz square waves through piezoelectric elements, vibrating the sugar as a diaphragm. One tone emerges for each of the suspended sugar-electronic objects. Enacted in an ensemble, these hybrid bodies generate a swarm of subtle frequencies that can be intercepted in close proximity.
Last year's disturbances have created bottlenecks escalating an unprecedented massive shortage for the semiconductor industry. Microchips are demanding lots of our precious resources. The manufacturing chain is corrupted and the demand is only growing.
While our appetite for electronics grows, the size of transistors in our devices shrinks. Older variants now obsolete are slowly taking up the electronic wastelands. Integrated circuits have become our 'caviar'.
Eat me, Ditch me' goes back in time to display a moment crucial for our digital immersion: the emergence of the first commercially available, miniaturized printed transistors.