by Walter UNGERER
2010 / DVCAM / color / sound / 1S / 10' 07

This work is an exploration through digital manipulation of some motion clips I recorded in my garden of various plants, flowers, birds, and insects. Initially the material was shot with a digital still camera, then transferred into a computer editing system where the realistic imagery of birds, plants and flowers, were transformed into more abstract explorations of shapes, patterns, textures, colors, rhythms and sounds, in particular the continuous drone of the hummingbird. I limited myself to only a few motion clips (film sequences), which were stretched, squeezed, turned upside down, continuously repeated and otherwise distorted both in picture and sound…with playful intentions. As the project developed, a theme began to emerge. From obscure imagery to recognizable avian, the daily drama for survival of the hummingbird, is revealed.

The project title Monarda, refers to a red flower (also called Bee Balm), which is particularly attractive to the hummingbird for its nectar.


distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 30 fps
sound sound
rental fee 32,00 €