In Mircea Cantor's unnerving 16mm silent video entitled Deeparture we find a wolf and a deer placed in an unlikely environment, what looks to be a gallery. It follows the two creatures on a series of closeups and interactions, but unlike you would expect, the animals keep their distance from one another. In fact, they seem to act as if there is no other creature in the room at all. This doesn't, however, ease the tension. All the while watching this video i stood tense and ready to see blood and gore, not knowing if it would come or not. I stood rigid in anticipation the whole film through.
Mircea Cantor, Deeparture , 2005
(still from video)
Collection Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2006