“The visual result of the symbiosis between film matter and organic matter is the conceptual origin of this body of work.
The process involves the cultivation of emulsion consuming microbes on a visual environment created through portraits and a physical environment composed of developed film immersed in water. As the microbes consume light-sensitive chemical over the course of months, the silver halides destabilize, obfuscating the legibility of foreground, background, and scale. This creates an aesthetic of entangled creation and destruction that inevitably is ephemeral, and results in complete disintegration of the film so that it can only be delicately digitized before it is consumed.”
“I, a.k.a., Tonio Oh, work and live in Seoul, where I was born and raised until moving to New York where I studied film and photography at Hunter College. My work and practice stem from my interest and approach towards other disciplinary thoughts and ideas, from philosophy to sciences. My most recent work, exhibited at Zaha Museum, was inspired by the notion of the first advent of vision in life on earth, and my current work focuses on implementing microbial growth on film as a means to explore the impermanence of matter as well as the material limitations of photography.”