A CATERPILLAR IS CURLED IN A GREEN RING
4K video, sound
embroidered transcriptions 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 and around Taipei.
The repetition and rhythm of insects’ sounds can be perceived as machine-like. I contacted an entomologist specialised in bioacoustics to learn about recordings of insect sounds that without amplification would be inaudible to humans. Furthermore, this project focuses on the description of insect sounds in language (for example in the form of transcriptions) and on the names of insects in Taiwanese sign language.
This project was possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fonds and Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds.