Condensate was made while in residency at the Atlantic Center for the
Arts. Selected to work with artist Gillian Wearing, the associate artists
in residence were experimenting with video pieces of very short duration.
The length of the piece allowed ideas of lifespan, termination, finality
to develop in the works.
In Condensate, excerpts from a 1970's 16mm educational film titled "Your
Chance to Live" are re-edited and composited with 35mm slides taken
from another source. The slides were allowed to decay over time, with
the image on each becoming corroded, and transferring some of its photochemistry
to its adjacent slide, creating an unusual organic cross dissolve. This
process of decay reinforces both the imagery and the short duration
of the piece, where images of children sheltering from a tornado are
distressed and obscured by image corrosion.
The title refers specifically to the process in Physics of creating
condensates, which was used to determine the editing and layering structure
of the work. Condensates are formed when atoms are isolated and chilled
to temperatures barely above absolute zero. At these low temperatures,
each atom displays identical properties, identical position, energy,
size, forming a super-atom, which in itself constitutes a new form of