The Transect in Three or Four Modes of Observation

Super 8 film and 4k video, DCP, 30 min.

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This documentary fiction follows two ecologists as they search for traces of the elusive Ope’ape’a bat, the only land mammal indigenous to the Hawaiian islands. We hear their original interview spoken in Portuguese along with a translator’s voice overdubbed in English who tries to keep up with the scientists’ rapid-fire crosstalk as they argue over the conflicting demands of nature, society, and the rigors of science.
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