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Melted condoms

I'm back from the holidays, back to work. Everything went really fast at the end of December, as I struggled to get the first Absence project done and document it. I did, so I had to work extra hours, and then came the holidays.

We did the filming around Christmas, I know because I sent a DVD to the Canada Council for the Arts on December 26th. But I soon realized that the installation was not, actually, really working. There was still a few adjustements to be done in the sunset computation.

So yesterday, I had the pleasure to really see it running, I guess for the first time. It beautifully ran through the whole process, waking up in the morning, accumulating energy, detecting the sunset, running the "heat releasing" process of activating blowers and going to sleep when night comes.

I had to remove the condoms, which seemed to have only a few days life-span, especially under the heavy sunlight. I should have known, after all it's written in the instruction booklet that they are for meant single use only. I clearly abused that rule...

Still, I'm not sad about this. I think it talks for itself. There is a clear contrast that appears to me here, bluring the line between what we usually refer to as technology and nature. I always have the clear impression that technology is strong, robust, understood, while nature is fragile, ephemeral and mysterious. Being here, doing that project, having to deal and interact with nature on a daily basis, has taught me another way to look at things. The melted latex, filled with dead ants, still attached to their plastic and metal sockets, reveals a side of technology that was unknown to me up till now.

The challenge is not set, I guess I'll have to replace them, eventually... I'm thinking of using balloons, which might stay longer, although not forever. But I really love the transparency and the yellowish color of the condoms, I think it looks very organic and I'm not sure I can find balloons with the same look. I don't know, yet... we'll see...

I'm back from the holidays, back to work. Everything went really fast at the end of December, as I struggled to get the first Absence project done and document it. I did, so I had to work extra hours, and then came the holidays.We did the filming around Christmas, I know because I sent a DVD to the Canada Council for the Arts on December 26th. But I soon realized that the installation was not, actually, really working. There was still a few adjustements to be done in the sunset computation.

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