The Mulch Spider’s Dream

  • Lab
  • Production year 2018
  • Production format 16 mm
  • Screening format 16 mm
  • Duration 14′
  • The Mulch Spider’s Dream

  • a Film
  • by Karel Doing
  • Description (english) In 1974 Thomas Nagel published his famous essay “What is it like to be a bat?” arguing that there is a specific mental state to each organism. Besides his critique toward the materialist theory of mind, the paper also explores the differences between human consciousness and the awareness of bats. According to Nagel subjectivity can not be shared. However, cinema might be a tool to do exactly that; sharing a lived experience of another creature. This film attempts to kindle the vision of a spider by using experimental phytochemistry; creating organic shapes, rhythms and colours directly on expired 16mm film. The film is literally made in my back garden, using weeds and biodegradable chemistry to make images on expired film stock. I have called this type of image a phytogram.
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