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Homo Felis

DSK Lesta, J. / Montero, B.


This project was produced for the exhibition titled "O Futuro da Actualidade" (The future of the present time) which took place at the CGAC in 2006. Homo Felis offers us the deconstruction of the morphing process, a visual effect which usually involves 3D technology. The video presents the process by which the figure of a cat's head gradually merges, frame by frame, with a human being's head. The effect that the images generate is one of continuous transformation.

This visual effect, widely used in music videos (such as Michael Jackson's classic "Black or White" directed by John Landis) and very prominent in 1990s films (such as Terminator 2), is achieved in this piece by photographing a series of moulds of the different stages of the merging process which were included in the exhibition. Later, these photographs were edited together in succession in order to generate the morphing effect. In this piece, the collective Esferobite, once again explore the analogisation of digital processes.

By rendering the morphing process visible and carrying it through frame by frame, Esferobite manage to tear down the myth on which all things digital rest, and to render them more comprehensible. At the same time, the video seems to suggest an uncertain origin of human beings. Could it be that felines were in fact the origin of hominids? Could the order of primates be just a ramification of an already extinguished process of evolution? In this piece, both species merge together challenging evolution on the one hand, and on the other, the whole system of digital representation, since, although the video itself has been created following an analogue process, the results are exactly the same as if it had been produced digitally. Esferobite once again manage to put the mystery and the aura that surrounds all things digital in question, by materialising and reproducing a process analogically. This phenomenology can be understood as a closed logic. If the cat was the forebear of the human being in the evolution chain, then this individual (the homo-felis) would probably make his life more difficult by creating effects, which could much more easily be done with digital tools, through analogue processes, just like the cat who fights with the ball of wool with no other motivation than to challenge himself. A cat who nevertheless, with his leisurely ingenuity, represents an icon which we all have engraved in our imaginary.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Homo Felis
  • Direction: DSK Lesta, J. / Montero, B.
  • Production: CGAC, Esferobite. 2006.
  • Duration: 00:03:10
  • Original format: DV-Cam
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright