The Surfactant Continuum




Lengths of milled steel glide past one another. Motors whirr productively in the background. Recorded during the exhibition Moving In Stasis, this film depicts the satisfying functionality of the machine ‘The Surfactant Continuum’. With the halls of the gallery void of an audience due to the coronavirus pandemic, the machine is only to be viewed and understood by a representation that is captured and created by the machine itself. A 3-axis camera mounted at the core produces a depiction of seemingly perfect functionality, a satisfying circular system: at least from within the frame of the lens. This project questions the production of visual spectacle, juxtaposing a physical machine with its online representation.