CORES is a collaborative project initiated in 2019 by artists Nicolas Sassoon (Vancouver, BC) and Rick Silva (Eugene, OR) focusing on 3D renderings of altered geological specimens. Sassoon and Silva share an ongoing theme in their individual practices; the depiction of wilderness and natural forms through computer imaging. Created by merging their respective fields of visual research, CORES features high-resolution 3D-scanned rocks inhabited by unnatural substances and enigmatic structures. The project draws from various sources ranging from climate studies to science-fiction to create 3D generated video works reflecting on notions of contamination, mutation and our contemporary relationship to geological matter. Additionally, the project CORES is complemented with an essay written by researchers and writers Elise Hunchuck & Jussi Parikka, titled “Eight fragments on Eight Stones”.