Ananda Serné

 

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A CATERPILLAR IS CURLED IN A GREEN RING 

4K video, sound

embroidered transcripts of insect sounds  

polyester, 150 x 100 cm. 

2019

 



 

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.


Actress/sign language teacher: Chen Li Juan 
Sign language interpreter: Wei Ru Jun
Many thanks to the team of Bamboo Curtain Studio. 



This project was possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fonds and Stichting Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds.