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Aedes Aegypti

2017. 1 min. 50 sec., digital animation video, color, no sound.

Hidden under a chemical cloud, appearing and disappearing: we are granted glimpses of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, transmitter of the Zika virus. In one sequence, the mosquito sits on human skin, sucking blood; in another, two mosquitos are engaged in a dance of copulation. This hyperrealistic digital animation broaches the emergence and control of this post-natural insect: Oxitec, a British biotechnology company, has developed genetically-modified sterile males for pest control and disease quarantine, with field trials performed in developing countries such as the Cayman Islands, Malaysia, or Brazil (where laboratory factories for the production of transgenic mosquitoes have been set in place).

Produced by Pedro Neves Marques and Stenar Projects. With the support of Berardo Museum Collection.