Ant Ballet

Ant Ballet is a research project into control systems, paranoia and dancing insects. The project is separated into four phases:

Phase I
Phase I (2010-2012) included thorough research into ants and control systems, synthesis of ant pheromones and testing of these systems with live ants in Barcelona. Through use of synthesised pheromones (Z9:16 Ald Hexadecenal), a robotic arm lays trails which cause ants to move in a different way to their natural foraging behaviour. This phase proves the viability of the research and technologies.

Phase II
The first live performance of Ant Ballet.

Phase III
Development of intercontinental ant telecommunication devices.

Phase IV
Destruction (undetermined).

So far, Phase I has been completed.

Public display

Press

Credits
Design, art direction, programming, video, music editing by Ollie Palmer.
Some code has been adapted from Daniel Shiffman‘s book the Nature of Code.
Music remixed from “Untitled 13″ by Lucky Dragons.
This project has been made possible thanks to: