A CATERPILLAR IS CURLED IN A GREEN RING
4K video, sound
embroidered transcripts of insect sounds
polyester, 150 x 100 cm.
A caterpillar is curled in a green ring touches upon the ways in which insects navigate man-made environments, and subsequently, how our own senses and behaviour are affected by these constructions. For this project, I gathered auditory and visual impressions of insects that live in a metropolitan area.
The repetition and rhythm of insects’ sounds can be perceived as machine-like. Shot in and around Taipei, the video unfolds in a series of staged and observational sequences, with references to the description of insect sounds in language and names of insects in Taiwanese sign language. These images are set to a soundtrack partly consisting of recordings made by an entomologist who collected insect sounds that without amplification would be inaudible to the human ear.
This project was possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fonds and Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds.