VIDERE | Calendula Collection [video]

Posted on May 30, 2012 by Kate Lain | Comments (19)

Videre, Latin for to see, is a video series that plays with the idea of re-seeing. The short works featured here are explorations of sights, sounds, and sensing at The Huntington.

"Calendula Collection" is a survey of the colors and shapes that were in bloom in the April/May 2012 calendula bed in the Shakespeare Garden at The Huntington.

Also in the Videre series:
"A Song of Pebble and Line"
"A Study in Simulacra"

For more on this story, check out News Bytes in the spring/summer 2012 issue of Huntington Frontiers, downloadable in PDF form here.

Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.


I really love the music you chose on the 'Calendula Collection'. Where can I find it?

Isn't it great? You can find that piece, along with others by that artist, over at the Free Music Archive. I believe the artist, et_, is on SoundCloud as well.

This comes for me in the aftermath of being inundated with metaphorical light in Stockhausen's amazing opera Mittwoch Aus Licht in Birmingham, UK, part of the British Olympic Arts Festival. Connections, connections!

These new videos are reminding me that I really need to finally get across town for my first visit to the Huntington!

Glad to hear it! And keep stopping by the blog, too. More videos are on their way soon!

Kate, the photos are terrific. However, there's too much of it. I watch the images whizz by, click pause to examine more carefully, play, then pause again. I see the great variety of the same kind of flower, good. And yet, that's it?


Time lapse photograph two or three flowers of different flowers of different colors.
Pan the garden and come in on ones that strike you particularly.
Focus on one at a distance and slowly come in, then really close and let us see the different parts that make up the flower.
Thank you for showing us.

Thanks for watching. Sounds like you've got some fun ideas there -- I hope you'll be able to make it by and shoot your own piece sometime!

Well done , Kate! You really captured the bursting energy of life at the Huntington.

Thanks so much, Ginny!

Wonderful! thank you so much for sharing. You have colored my day with sunshine. Love it! Please do more.

Thanks for stopping in and watching, Barb. And thanks for the kind words. There are more of these in the works, so stay tuned...

Was wondering if you had any good tips for a young family with kids ranging from 2-14. Not the activities that cost money but all the other things you have going on. We are members and are looking for ways to enjoy it more. Thanks.

We've got all our events (including the free ones!) listed on the calendar on The Huntington's website, and each Monday we highlight free events and visitation ideas on "This Week at The H" here on Verso. Hope this helps!

Thank you for the video. Keep them coming.
Dana Law
San Diego

You're welcome, Dana. More to come soon! (Have you checked out the other two in the Videre series yet?)

Thanks for watching, Barbara. And another Videre piece will be posted soon!

What a novel way to enjoy flowers and music. I look forward to seeing more in the Videre series.

Hi, Kate. What a lot of work to put all these photos together! I liked the swirling effects--maybe not done on purpose, but as the photos whizzed by, they did SWIRL along. Maybe next time you create one of these flower shows, you could vary the speed. I'm a little seasick. But thank you for seeing the flowers and sharing what you saw.

"A poet could not but be gay, / In such a jocund company." --Wordsworth

Oh, the hazards of single-frame animation! Thank you for seeing it through, though. I promise that there will be some slower-paced works posted in the coming weeks and months.

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