Stick Insects’ Most Intimate Moments on Video

Maria Fernanda Cardoso and Ross Rudesch Harley
One Channel HD Digital Video, colour, 37 min.

Witness the most intimate moments between male and female stick insects. The male, much smaller than the female, is nevertheless well-endowed with a probing, green intromittent organ. He seems to please her for what seems like an eternity. Stick insect copulation lasts for over 14 hours, and only in the final moments can you see a perfectly round pink spermatophore come out of his body cavity and get inserted into hers. Recorded over a two day period at the artists’ home-studio, the video documents the most intimate and domestic intercourse between human and insect worlds.