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Screening
Screening
Part of The Animal Paradox

Cormorous

Simon Dybbroe Møller

Denmark/Brazil 2016, 9 minutes 30 seconds

The last video of a trilogy on anachronisms, Cormorous introduces us to the paradoxes of an ancient bird. “A cormorant drying its wings on an old withered wooden pole: the Jesus-like silhouette and the pride of its posture mirrored in the water surface. A truly pathetic image. It is said that […] unlike other aquatic birds [the cormorant] has not developed the oil sheen that would protect it from getting soaked, hence the crucifix-like pose: it does so to dry its feathers in the breeze. What an anachronism. A more constructive voice would frame it differently and explain how most creatures are naturally buoyant, but how for diving birds this is an issue. The cormorant is thought to swallow pebbles to increase its weight. Its main adaptation, though, is its open feather structure that does not trap buoyancy-increasing air but absorbs water instead. Regardless: Imagine soaked feathers. Conversely imagine water droplets on a water-repellent surface. Let us think about this in relation to analogue and to digital image making.” (Simon Dybbroe Møller)


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