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PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS

Normally hidden components become as visually beautiful as they are technologically powerful.

Cambridge
2014

In collaboration with Jonathan Bobrow—artist/designer/programmer and research assistant at the MIT Media Labs (where Shantell is a visiting scholar/artist)—they created a printed circuit board in four parts. The idea behind the design was motivated by concepts of efficiency in technology. The project was meant to initiate exposing truths that are just underneath the surface, and focus on the transparency of the objects.

The prototypes of a circuit board tells a story about functionality, so instead of hiding that intriguing element, Jonathan and Shantell decided to highlight its irrevocable functions. Whilst emphasizing that it’s a thing of beauty, its ingenuity and machinery become heightened. During the project, Shantell got into the technical stuff of it all and even learnt to solder.

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