A proposal to set CH4*5.75H20 on fire (work in progress), 2016
16 mm film projection, color, silent, 16:9
Duration 3’38’’ (looped 5 times, with a 1 minute interval)
Edition of 3 (+ 1 A.P.)
A proposal to set CH4*5.75H20 on fire (work in progress) is an ongoing project that explores methane hydrate, an ice compound that has been identified by scientists as an alternative fuel of future energy. Found in large quantities beneath Arctic permafrost, Antarctic ice and sedimentary deposits, methane hydrate releases natural gas when exposed to increases in temperature or decreases in pressure.
Gas released by methane hydrates can be lit, which produces a semi-transparent orange and blue flame. This 16 mm film shows samples of methane hydrates.
Through the mobilisation and connection of individuals working across geology, science and art, the project generates awareness of methane hydrate, its chemically volatile nature and implications for energy industries.The film itself performs a kind of material transfer, capturing light emitted by the burning samples and projecting it into the gallery space.
For Phinthong, each iteration of the project is a form of extraction that makes its subject more widely visible.