Mine Mirror

Attention! Do you want to be a part of an exciting public art piece here on the campus of NMSU? Here’s your chance. Artist Sarah Schönfeld and architectural studio Zeller & Moye have been chosen to install a permanent public artwork on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, NM. The piece will consist of mirrors made from melted hard drives full of YOUR DATA. Follow the link below to upload files of your thesis, lectures, or anything you’ve learned and/or gained knowledge from. Once the drives are full of data and melted down, the mirrors will be installed in the computer lab in Hardman Jacobs ULC, and you will be a part of the art piece MINE MIRROR.

The website collects and stores uploaded digital data files into hard drives. The hard drives are made of aluminum, ruthenium, and cobalt-nickel-iron. The metals are extracted through a recycling process known urban mining. Next, the metals are transformed into mirrors through a melting process. The metal is melted down applied in a thin layer on glass undergoing vacuum evaporation, a process where liquid evaporates at a lower temperature than usual, similar to telescope making.   

The resulting product is metal-coated glass that imitate mirrors, which store the university’s knowledge within them. The plates will be assembled in a multi-facetted pattern. This unique arrangement allows users of the HJLC computer center to see each other and the space from a different perspective. The resulting mirror landscape visualizes the participatory (a lot of people working together) 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.

Follow this link to upload YOUR DATA minemirror.net

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.