Mine Mirror is a permanent artwork created by Sarah Schönfeld and Zeller & Moye. Situated within the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center of the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, the project will transform the University’s knowledge, its digital database, into a spatial installation that will allow students to physically interact with it.
In a data collecting process through this website digital data files get uploaded to hard drives that are made of aluminium, ruthenium and cobalt-nickel-iron. The metals get extracted in a recycling process known as urban mining. As a next step, the metals are transformed into mirrors by applying them as a thin layer on glass in a vacuum evaporation process, known from telescope making.
The resulting metal-coated mirrors, which store the university’s knowledge within them, are assembled to a multi-facetted pattern, which allows users of the Computer Lab to see each other and the space from a different perspective. The resulting mirror landscape visualizes the participatory aspect of individuals coming together to work collectively on knowledge production. Simultaneously, users are offered a new perspective on their own activities in form of a playful and non-digital experience, enabled through the abstracted knowledge now being a reflective surface.
Mine Mirror was awarded the 1st prize in an international open competition for a site-specific artwork within the HJULC of the NMSU organized by the New Mexico Arts Division and commissioned by the State of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The artwork is currently under production and will be completed and installed in 2019.
Sarah Schönfeld is an artist who jestingly deals with spiritual and scientific imagination.
Zeller & Moye
Zeller & Moye was founded by Christoph Zeller and Ingrid Moye as an architectural studio that operates with an interdisciplinary and global approach, with bases in Mexico City and Berlin.