Ananda Serné

Moths
HD video, sound, 08:30 min

2018


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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. 
People often think of moths as damaging, we associate them with holes in our favourite woollen sweater. Of the thousands of different species of moths, there are however very few that will eat our clothes. 

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, Astrid Idsal Aasbakk, Hugo Vika Gjesteland, Jøran Vika Gjesteland
Audio mastering: Sveinbjörn Thorarensen

This project was generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund.