Methodologies Examined: Danielle Oosthuizen
The image above shows the process of capturing the movement of the mosquito larvea that was layered in the footage of the video artwork. This was achieved by placing a phone camera directly over the microscope to capture and record the Anopheles Mosquito Larvea. The same process was followed when recording other microscopic activity such as cell division etc, that can be seen in the video artworks. Many of the visual effects seen in the video art piece also originated from the process of sterilising a petri dish with bleach. The flow of the liquid aptured from under the microscope makes for a very interesting visual effect that can be manipulated to achieve the outcome as seen in the video art pieces. The bleach also presents a compelling conceptual story for the video artworks. Bleach is used to wipe clean, and sterilise. This process of strilisation interstingly reflects the larger history and struggles with malaria carrying mosquitos. A cycle of wiping out the critters, just for them to return a few years later, newly eveolved to overcome the current malaria control strategies.
This image was taken at the University of Pretoria insectary while recording the mosquitos for an upcoming multichannel sound installation artwork. Present in the image are my current collaborators, Dr Megan Ridden from the University of Pretoria Institute for Sustainable Malaria Control, and Dr Miles Warrington, from the University of Pretoria School of Music. The recordings were done by placing a highly sensitive microphone into the mosquito box. The microphone was lined with sugar water to attract the mosquitos. After the setup was complete, the room was evacuated and left in darkness to stimulate the most flight out of the mosquitos. The raw mosquito sounds are in the process of digital extraction for the purpose of transforming it into a musical composition.