Iâ€™ve just been watching a series of short films exhibited online by the artist-moving-image agency Lux in honor of the 200th year of Darwinâ€™s birth. Theyâ€™ve put up four short films that consider, in their words, â€œDarwinâ€™s complex legacyâ€.
There are a couple of real gems there; go have a look. In particular:
Paul Bushâ€™s While Darwin Sleeps 2004 (illustrated) is a four-minute film that animates 3,000 dead long-dead insect specimens, cunningly using their very diversity to bring them alive again.
And Ben Riverâ€™s wonderfully slow and measured Origin of the Species 2008 is a portrait of an unnamed auto-didact hermit, fascinated by the big questions of life and nature. In occasional moments of voice-over reflects on them from the solitude of his woodland hut. Among the gems of wisdom he dispenses is this one, which I particularly love:
â€œManâ€™s brain. It evolved real quick. And itâ€™s trouble. Itâ€™s just trouble.â€
Go to the Lux collection of Darwin-related films.