The reality of our illusions

Film negatives are chemical masterpieces. They consist of gelatinous layers of silver halide and dyes which can be exposed to light and then develop into an array of colors. This intricate world of chemicals is lost once a picture comes to life. The viewer stops seeing a collection of chemicals and starts to see a subject.

I have placed negatives into ground vegetable residue for several days. These vegetables start to rot and house several fungi which start to feed on the gelatinous layers of the film. The fungal growth becomes a chaotic unpredictable process which eats away at the film, resulting in juxtapositions with the original content, and is then stopped without being able to see the results. The traces show the complex growth of fungi that create a three-dimensional structure out of a flat surface by adding, removing and folding gelatinous layers containing various colors.

“The notion that a photograph is merely a collection of small dots placed together, like little blobs of light on a screen. The notion that instruments heard through a recording is just merely a membrane moving back and forth in a specific fashion. The fact that if you zoom in far enough we are only a collection of small particles that never touch, yet still I am unable to pass through a wall. The fact that there is so much importance attached to these material things, which, if you consider them just material, are not related to any of the subjects they depict.”