This Lantern Has No Candle

Jeffrey Stucker

In the video, a virtual camera moves around a 3D computer rendering of a taxonomical specimen of the insect species Fulgora laternaria which itself had served as object for Roger Caillois’ reflection on the mask. The video binds the latest technology of mimicry, which is rapidly replacing photography and film in advertising and entertainment generally, to the natural-history of mimicry. This, in order, by juxtaposition, to break the spell of commodity images which are at once the false promise of something decisively new and immediately accepted as natural.

(screening 9 min.)