This experiment uses LCD matrices to create beautiful compositions. The name of this experiment is a reference to photo compositing, which is the process of combining images to make a single picture. Like a composite photograph, splitting the matrix and overlapping the layers creates an image. 

Screen material

The cracked screens made it easy to separate the two glass panes. Reading about polarising filters and polarity inspired me to overlap and cross these individual layers. As such, it's necessary that the layers sit close to 0° or 90° angles. Depending on the which side is facing up, overlapping the screens created a black or vibrant patterned screen (sometimes it is grey). The patterns are generated mostly by random—I'm uncertain about how to reproduce them.

From the previous experiment, the light guide illuminates light very well. I used this underneath the patterns to bring out the textures.


Because the glass panes were originally covered with the liquid crystal, the surface attracted dust. Any cracks in the glass showed through and can be seen in the photograph which was removed in post-production. The RGB matrix, which enables the colours, can easily scratch off.


The compositions were photographed on a light box constructed of a piece of white acrylic and a backlight.

Changing the angle of the camera to the layers lead to a wide range of colours and patterns.
Layering other layers on top created more effects.


This experiment and photographs are essential inclusions in the exhibition because they demonstrate the physicality and an alternative visual mode of using the screen. Due to safety hazards from the broken glass, participants will not be able to move the layers themselves. As a substitute, audience members will be able to walk around the compositions that are installed on vertical light boxes. The arrangements will be chosen ideally based on the pattern created and whether it appears to move. Large-format photographic prints of other textures will also hang in this space.

These patterns will also work well as printed textiles for applications such as a scarf, which can sell as merchandise.

 Tags: deconstructing, defamiliarising, colours, image, pixels, pattern, physical, meta, popular