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Cloud Points: A Derivative of Crude Illumination
Cloud Points: A Derivative of Crude Illumination is a site specific paraffin feedback loop, crude oil transmission pipeline. Installed and exhibited from 8/26/2016-9/4/16 during a Wave Farm artist residency, Cloud Points explores alternative oil ontologies, crude oil as media, and the entangled history of crude oil as medicinal spiritual ointment as well as material energy source derived from latent solar radiation. Paraffin waxy build up in oil pipelines reduces flow capacity, yet the paraffin hydrocarbon was also used as leverage by both mystics and industrialists to argue for crude oil extraction due to a shared biology with human blood flow. As a result, paraffin both enabled and sabotaged human oil extraction and pipeline growth. Cloud Points points towards the poetics of crude oil flow both as part of the signal path of the electromagnetic spectrum, thus a carrier wave of information, and as early technology infrastructure that shapes much of the physical and ideological infrastructure of the contemporary landscape.
The installation is a fully functioning crude oil pipeline feedback system, transmitting crude oil through 100+ feet of steel pipe while using audio signal as an index to measure the cloud point of paraffin waxy build up. A hydrophone in the oil pit transmits audio signal to the Wave Farm FM radio transmitter which returns the signal via a piezo element transducer which agitates the oil pipeline, thus altering the state of the paraffin flow.
Signal materialism and information embodiment illuminates invisible subject-hood formulation. A deep viewing of Crude Illumination reveals the complex relationship of petropolitics and climate change as a projected signal flow of decaying material technologies and western ideologies – in other words, a myth, a fiction, a haunting dance of ineffable light. As oil sublimates carbon dioxide into our environment, the cloud disperses information everywhere.
Crude Illumination argues for a signal materialism; a state of flow in which the spaces of human experience becomes a plural terrain of shifting dynamics shaped by visible and invisible material forces such as acoustic ecologies, signal transmission, microbial clouds, and a history of capital extraction and resource exploitation.
Crude Illumination traces the histories of commercial crude oil products, oil extraction narratives, projection technology genealogies, the porphyrin hydrocarbon and mysticism that implicates flows of oil addiction throughout ecological and cultural spaces over the past 150 years.
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What does it mean to contain a fluid substance? What latent qualities remain, when a water vessel is injected with light information? How do cultural architecture and geological events shape the boundaries of information? These objects explore projection through waterspace, and water as information. The mesh-networks shaping culture, ecological identity, and our information-selves are fluid and drifting fabrics of exchange, growth, and information – what is lost when growth is not nurtured equally?
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