Marina Zurkow, "Hydrocarbons," 2012

Marina Zurkow
"Hydrocarbons," 2012
Single-channel animation, color, sound
2 min 32 sec, loop

On exhibition at DiverseWorks Art Space, Houston, TX from March 16 to April 21, 2012.

Extracting and manipulating a clip from "The Inside Story of Modern Gasoline" an industrial film (1949), endless chains of anthropomorphized hydrocarbon molecules dance until they blot out the screen. Hydrocarbon chains are the base material for all plastics. They know not what they become, they simply proliferate. Hydrocarbons are indeed dispassionately lively actors, taking an indiscriminate variety of forms: they may be rotting garbage, they may be gasoline, they may be corpses; all energy and potential.

Pleas note that this is an excerpt.

Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.

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