1992-2000 / Super 8mm / color / sound / 1S / 3' 45

An abstract work originating from experiments in the early 1990s, using bleach, ink and scratching directly onto super 8 film. The recurring circular image was formed by placing droplets of bleach onto each frame with a pin.
The electronic music, made with Helliwell's prototype customised circuits, has layers of sound changing phase during the course of the film.

"Crystallization was one of the earliest films I worked on - bits of it were made at the start of the 1990s as super 8 loops, and eventually spliced together to form the original version of the film. I improved bits of it over several years - adding new parts and removing less successful sections.
I mainly used pieces of under exposed super 8 film I had collected, and also shot a few sequences especially with a camera. The main thrust of the film was exploring the use of household bleach placed frame by frame directly onto the surface using a small pin. Tiny droplets of bleach were applied with the pin - forming little circles and reacting with the film emulsion to leave behind a crystalline residue."


distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 21,00 €