Rogier Arents

Department: Man and Well being

“A complex issue is more easily understood when you visualise it,” says Roger Arents. As a designer he uses imagery to communicate scientific knowledge to the general public. He made a short movie Secret Signals, for plant research being conducted at the University of Amsterdam. This research made the discovery that plants which are being plagued by mites emit odours to summon hungry predators that then come to the plants and relieve them of their pest. The story is told by a pen plotter: the paper is the roll of film, on which the machine draws how the process works. A new kind of animation results, a cartoon in the literal sense: the technique is so fascinating that the message cannot elude you.


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Photographs: René van der Hulst