Deeparture, 2005, video, 2:43 min
Mircea Cantor continues to explore hierarchical power structures; this time, however, in the video Deeparture, he applies his investigations to animals. A wolf and a deer were put into an empty gallery space in Paris, and the artist documented the unexpected, strange encounter with his 16 mm video camera without sound. The two animals circle each other suspiciously. The lens alternately zooms in and out between the gazes of the frightened, alert deer and the indifferent, calm wolf. The unnatural situation positions the viewer in a state of curious alarm and unclear expectation for future developments, as the pressing silence and endless loop reinforce the drama and the sense of tension.