Video Documentation, Edith-Russ Haus Oldenburg, 2011
Crystal Set - LEAP Berlin, 2013
Crystal Set - Detail, 2011
Crystal Set - Edith Russ Haus Oldernburg, 2011
Crystal Set - Edith Russ Haus Oldernburg, 2011
Crystal Set - Edith Russ Haus Oldernburg, 2011
Crystal Set - Closeup, 2011
Crystal Set - LEAP Berlin, 2013
Installation views at Edith Russ Haus for Media Art (2011) and LEAP Gallery, Berlin (2013)

Crystal Set


“Crystal Set / Self Test” executes an artistic test on the physical centerpiece of contemporary digital devices. The basic materials of our surrounding information technology are semiconducting crystals such as silicon, galena, germanium or silicon carbide, which, thanks to today’s advanced microtechnology and extremely sophisticated procedures, are processed into transistors or integrated circuits (IC).

Crystal Set is an apparatus based on a “raw” silicon carbide specimen. 64 iron needles are attached to the surface of the specimen and build a semiconducting transition (diode) at the contact point. Silicon carbide has two additional qualities: it emmits light at the contact point (LED) and produces audible signals (piezoelectric effect).

A software investigates the logical structure of the crystal. It applies different electronic pattern to the contacts based on an analysis of current flow, resistance and response times in the specimen. By doing this it is inspecting its behaviour in a closed feedback loop. As a result it generates raw and untamed signals visible and audible to the observer.

Materials: silicon carbide (SiC), iron needles, acrylic glass, custom electronics
Produced with support of the Edith Russ Site for Media Art


2011 Produced @ 10 Jahre Stipendium für Medienkunst
Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg DE

2013 In Search for Precise Pleasures
LEAP, Berlin DE

2014 Dernières Nouvelles de L’Éther
La Panacée, Montpellier FR

2015 The Secret of the Machines
Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana SLO

2015 Superconduction. Challenge of art & technology
Pop-up exhibition by Laboratoria Moscow, Riga LV

2016 The Paradox of Knowing Universals
Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel DE

2018 Liquid Crystal World (upcomming)
Site Gallery, Sheffield UK