Ananda Serné






HD video, sound, 08:30 min

Moths have a strange fascination for artificial sources of light. They are less active, feed less, and pollinate fewer flowers when drawn to light at night. Lamps can distract them to the extent that they forget about everything else.
In this way, Moths refers to sleeplessness and the circadian rhythm of both humans and animals.

In the summer of 2018, I filmed both the places where biologists and forest rangers conduct field studies, as well as street lights that I encountered during evening walks. I tried to imagine various light sources from the perspective of a moth. Humans for example only see a certain bandwidth of light – to us, infrared and ultraviolet are invisible, but to several insects they are not. 

Thanks to: Alf Tore Mjøs / Revtangen Ornitologiske Stasjon, Rob de Vos / Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Luc Knijnsberg, Hugo Vika Gjesteland, Jøran Vika Gjesteland
Audio mastering: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen


This project was generously supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.