While Darwin Sleeps

2004
Country: UK
Duration: 5 mins
Colour,
Sound: Sound
Ratio: 16:9
Available Format/s: 35mm / DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file
Original Format: 35mm
Themes: 
  • Animals
  • Animation

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More than three thousand insects appear in this film each for a single frame. As the colours glow and change across their bodies and wings it is as if the genetic programme of millions of years is taking place in a few minutes. It is a rampant creation that seems to defy the explanations of evolutionists and fundamentalists. It is like a mescalin dream of Charles Darwin’s.
The film is inspired by the insect collection of Walter Linsenmaier in the natural history museum of Luzern. As each insect follows the other, frame by frame, they appear to unfurl their antennae, scuttle along, or flap their wings as if trying to escape the pinions which attach them forever in their display cases. Just for a moment the eye is tricked into believing that these dead creatures still live . . .

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