I’ve blogged about the Crystal World project before, the work of artists Martin Howse, Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Kemp. There’s a new article on Further Field about an exhibition of their work at The Space’s White Building cultural center in London including some great images, like the one above and this installation image:
Here’s more information about the project from the exhibition:
Our contemporary technological society is founded upon computers that are highly ordered sets of minerals. The Crystal World sets out to stem the flow by reversing the action, and extracting the minerals to build its own systems. The exhibition followed on from a 5-day intensive public laboratory, extracting minerals from computers and re-crystallising them through experiments.
http://crystalworld.org.uk includes lots of how-to information for extracting minerals from computers and video demos