Ant Ballet is a six-year research project into control systems, paranoia and dancing insects. The project is separated into four phases.
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.
The first live performance of Ant Ballet. Anticipated in Brazil as part of Pestival, 2013.
Development of intercontinental ant telecommunication devices.
FutureEverything Festival / Manchester,
16 May – 7 June 2012
Documentation of Phase I alongside maquette showing Ant Ballet simulation software.
We Make Money Not Art Radio interview, 14 Dec 2012
Journal of Wild Culture, 12 Dec 2012
Wired Magazine, 1 Sep 2012
BBC Mundo, 29 May 2012
Manoto TV, 28 May 2012
BBC News, 25 May 2012
Fast Company Design, 23 May 2012
Dazed & Confused, 21 May 2012
We Make Money Not Art, 17 May 2012
Manchester Evening News, 11 May 2012
Wired UK, 24 March 2012
New Scientist, 22 March 2012
BBC Radio 4 “Front Row”, 23 September 2011