the outline of paradise (installation) [2014]

installation view at the Hybris exhibition ACC Weimar

detail of the installation, flowers for midges, food for larvae

visitors observing the midges, observing the air planes

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Non-biting midges (chironomidae) are bred in an aquarium. Inside the aquarium mosquito eggs and larvae swim in sand and water. They are ventilated and supplied with abundant artificial daylight. The choice of midges (Chironomus Riparius, a laboratory strain) allows for captive breeding.

midges learning to fly like air planes

airshow versus swarming midges – fly patterns and other forms of swarms

For a performance I invited Christina Meissner  to improvise on the theme of the wingbeat sound. We could experience that the tracks of the midges were visibly influenced especially by dark plucking sounds.

  • "the outline of paradise" - view into the soundbox

This setting allows to find out how swarms develop and how they can be influenced. This installation follows “sustaibable luminosity” and explores the possibilities to train migdes and to  pass this behaviour to the next generations

Work at Halle14, Leipzig

Concept: Ursula Damm
Artistic + scientific consultation: Dr. Klaus Fritze
Cello, Sounds: Christina Meissner
Programming: Sebastian Stang