The repetition and rhythm of insects’ sounds can be perceived as machinelike. Shot in and around Taipei, the video A caterpillar is curled in a green ring unfolds in a series of visual and auditory impressions of insects in a manmade environment. It includes references to the names of insects in Taiwanese sign language and to the repetition that occurs during the process of learning a new tongue.
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.
caterpillar, cocoon, moth
Another sound inaudible to humans is the ultrasonic call of an echolocating bat searching for prey. Bats feed on moths. Certain moths however carry fur on their wings that eludes their predators: this sound absorbing fur functions as acoustic camouflage, it muffles the clicks of the bats and prevents them from echoing back.
Moths are known for their strong 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, perhaps similar to the way in which humans are drawn to screens.
Night-scented Flower I&II are infrared photographs of nocturnally blooming flowers (that moths feed on) translated into woven tapestry by a digital Jacquard loom. The work refers to the origin of the word 'software bug' that is often associated with failure, and to the moth that computer pioneer Grace Hopper and her team found inside a Harvard Mark II computer back in 1947.
Ananda Serné (1988, NL) is an artist based in Stavanger, Norway. She holds an MA in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík. Through moving image, textiles and writing, her practice explores question that touch upon (mis)communication. How much information exists for example outside of the realm of human perception? How much information is lost? She is interested in the challenges that media like language, sound and moving image pose when trying to capture certain natural phenomena.
This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council Norway.
Opening Friday Nov 15th at 6pm – 9pm
Artist talk Saturday Nov 16th at 1pm