To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly

Root Event

Werkleitz Festival 2011 ZOO

Parent Event

The Virtual Online Film Programme for the Werkleitz Festival ZOO Pet in the Net – das virtuelle online Filmprogramm
To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly
UK 1909

With the development of modern biology in the 19th century, animals become models to which the human, as an inadequate being [Mangelwesen], has yet to aspire. Smith shows an example of such an animal. It is a well known fact that spiders cannot fly, yet they sometimes float in the sky without visible means of support. The film shoes how they do it. Spiders hang on a very fine silk thread, which they have shot out of their bodies and crawl along through the air. Humans needed some time on order to do be able to do this, shooting cords with arrows from one tree to the next in order to brachiate through the rainforest.

Percy Smith, UK 1909, 1 min, s/w, stumm