A surreal, psychedelic filmic journey into the floral form, Ontogeny celebrates the familiar and the alien in the botanical world. Diffracted through light and water, bizarre flowers slowly bloom and transform, suggesting a hidden life utterly unlike our own. Juxtaposed with these seductive visuals is home movie-style footage of bunches of cut blooms that we might display in our homes or see for sale in florists’Reminding us that what we find beautiful in flowers may simply be a byproduct of how plants have evolved to appeal to their pollinators, Ontogeny questions the boundaries of the aesthetic and the evolutionary. 

Part of Art & Nature at Sonica, a series of compelling works inspired by the Scottish landscape – and showing it as you’ve never seen it before

Director & editor: Federico Barni
Colourist, camera & producer: John Alexander Lowe
Sound: Lars Koens