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Ferracin life and decay (2018) investigates the Second Law of Thermodynamic: for each complex localised order of a living plant, an equal presence of entropy or decay is necessary. So, to create order in one place, a process of disorder must occur elsewhere: life cannot exist without entropy or decay.
To create life and decay , Ferracin installed a time-lapse camera to capture the spraying of urban weeds with nonanoic acid and record the organic compound's ability to disrupt the cell wall of the leaves. Ferracin oxidised the weeds to different stages of decay, including a "bleached" effect, caused by exposing the weeds to sunlight for several days. Ferracin filmed the slow process of oxidation over three days, ultimately speeding up the footage during editing.

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