Ant Ballet has been the front page of the newly redesigned Bartlett website for the past week.
I am really happy about this – the Bartlett Interactive Architecture Workshop is where the project is being developed (and I tutor), and I feel to have their continued support!
I helped my good friend Heechan Park shoot a couple of short videos about the amazing machines he built at the Bartlett last year.
Inspired by JG Ballard’s The Cloud Sculptures of Choral D, they fire vortices of smoke, infused with scents, distances of up to 20m. Viewers experience an ephemeral sensation – bewildering bursts of smell defining their interaction with a space.
Video by Ollie Palmer and Heechan Park
Here’s the first testing of the machines near Old Street. There’s a lovely contrast between the rugged, heavy-duty appearance of the machines and the poetically delicate smoke vortex they create.
Video by Heechan Park, with footage by Ollie Palmer
For more information, head to www.heecpark.com
This project has been receiving a fair bit of press recently. Check out We Make Money Not Art‘s article here!
Ant Ballet was featured in Wired UK today:
To collect the ants, he had to take a manual vacuum device — essentially a tube that goes into a container and then another tube from that container to the collector’s mouth. The person sucks air in through the upper tube, which draws ants into the container. A gauze layer prevents any ants going into the collector’s mouth. However the scent they emit “tastes very bitter”. “After three days of sucking up ants you sure know about it,” Palmer told Wired.co.uk.
Read the full article here.
Ant Ballet has been featured on New Scientist‘s blog today! Read the article here.
I’ll be talking about ants, machines and ballet at dorkbot 79 next week.
19:00-21:00, 28 March 2012
MAT Lab, Room G2 Engineering Building, Queen Mary, University of London, 327 Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
Nearest tube: Stepney Green / Mile End
Walk up or down Mile End Road until you’re between Bancroft Road and The Queen’s Building. There’s a glass storefront with orange benches and people milling about looking studious. That’s the entrance. There should be a ‘dorkbot’ sign there.
See you there!
My Ant Ballet installation is featured in FutureEverything‘s art show this summer, from the 16 May to the 10 June 2012.
The festival was recently listed among the top 10 ideas festivals, scattered in a plethora of interesting venues around Manchester. My installation is be in the world’s first railway warehouse building in the Museum of Science and Industry – a showcase of the future, from a building that built Britain’s past.
Entry to the art exhibition is free! Visit FutureEverything’s site for details.
The exhibition at FutureEverything has been gaining a lot of press recently – see the Press page for more.