"Xestobium rufovillosum" by Malie Colbert 2013
for the group show 'Diorama of an Art Exhibition no.4'
Media: box, photo puzzle, field recording, headphones. audio device.
About: "To attract mates, these wood-borers create a tapping or ticking sound that can be heard in the rafters of old buildings on quiet summer nights. They are therefore associated with quiet, sleepless nights and are named for the vigil (watch) kept beside the dying or dead, and by extension the superstitious have seen the death watch as an omen of impending death."
"...within ye hear
No sound so loud as when on curtain'd bier
The death-watch tick is stifled."
- John Keats
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