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From Silver to Silicon reclaims the (photo-mechanical) past in order to make an argument about the (electronic) future. A CD-ROM about photography, culture and digital technologies, it declares itself as a speculation on the transition between two technologies of the image.

As a hypermedia collaboration between artists, writers, photographers and multimedia designers Silver to Silicon, can be understood as a rare attempt to fuse critique and practice; to do what it is talking about.

A Perfect Society, one 'chapter' from the CD ROM, traces the emergence of photographic identification and the increasing importance of the image within surveillant systems, working from an early history of prison photographs to the architecture of Durham Prison today.