The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
video, 35 min.
Darwin's theory of evolution is one of the fundaments of our notion of the past and present state of mankind. This theory states, that contemporary species and forms are descended from earlier forms, that themselves developed from even earlier forms. Forces at play in the evolution of species can be explained with three basic and closely linked principles - individual variation, the proliferation of species and individuals and the natural selection.
Natural selection is a complex of processes that generate the criteria of attractiveness of individuals, their preference, proliferation and survival. The senses of man and lower animals are so constituted that bright colors, certain forms and sounds are perceived as pleasurable and are called beautiful. Sexual selection thus enriches natural selection with aesthetic and subjective factors and personalizes it through the expression of will, desire or pleasure of the individuals.
The Descent of Man presents a group of blondes whispering and passing a secret among them. In fact, the video depicts sort of a "corporal translation" of one of the pillars of our contemporary Weltanaschauung, Darwin's text written in 1871. This book describes the descent of man from lower species, defines sexual selection, the differences between sexes, the superiority of man and physical, psychical, cultural or racial characteristics. According to the theory of evolution, language, culture, intelligence, mind, imagination and memory all conform to the cruel rules of natural selection, that gives meaning and value to variations. Biologically, blondes represent an individual variation that helps them to become preferred species.
The video, structured as linear text, depicts a process in which the theory explaining and forming the relations between humans falls apart through the process of individualization. The selective chains of information mirror the principle of the evolutionary theory and shows how the change is generated and functions in the relation to past and future.