The caterpillars can learn and remember things when they are caterpillars, and adult butterflies can do the same when they are butterflies. It’s a scientific fact. But can a butterfly remember of being a caterpillar?
Inside the pupa the caterpillar turns into liquid as it transforms into a butterfly. What could that puree possibly remember or think at all? Scientists call this process metamorphosis, the body tissues of the caterpillar need to be completely reorganised to ‘produce’ the butterfly.
The team of scientists at Georgetown University has found the answer, and, it’s, well, kinda yes. To keep things short, they’ve realised, while a butterfly may not remember being a caterpillar, it can remember experiences it learned as a caterpillar. So at the end the afterlife is possible. If you’re a caterpillar, of course.
The Transformation, triptych, A3 prints, Riso.
Initially produced as an editorial to illustrate an article about the process of transformation of one’s thoughts and intentions to shift from one place of work to another, becoming a completely new person in the process.
Same thing happened to the pictures, but without much of a visual transformation. The media became different, sure. It’s hard to tell though, does a print remember being a jpeg? No science could help here it seems.