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Secret Signals


2012; film; sound; 3:42 min; full hd.

Secret Signals is a short movie about a tomato plant that is being attacked by a plague of mites. The plant tries to rid itself of invasive species by sending out odors to hungry predators. The signals are picked up by spider mites who, hungry for a meal, are attracted to the plant and eat the mites that are endangering the tomato. In 2011, this secret weapon of plants was revealed by scientists from a botany group at the University of Amsterdam. The story is narrated by a pen plotter. This drawing machine takes you on a journey into the world of plants and insects through illustration and text on a paper roll. The drawings on paper function in the same way as images on the movie ‘film’ roll. 

Secret Signals is Arents’ graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2012.