Ant Ballet is a 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.
Development of intercontinental ant telecommunication devices.
So far, Phase I has been completed.
More information about this project can be found in Chapter 1 of my PhD thesis.
- 2014 Big Data: Designing with the Materials of Life / Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martins, London
- 2012 FutureEverything Festival / Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
- 2011-12 London Zoo / London
- 2011 Graduate Architectural Design Show / Bartlett School of Architecture, London
- 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
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:
- The Interactive Architecture Workshop at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL – Prof. Stephen Gage, Ruairi Glynn and Godofredo Pereira / Helen Floate and Heechan Park
- Pestival – Bridget Nicholls
- Zoological Society London – Dr. Seirian Sumner
- UCL Organic Chemistry – Prof. Jim Anderson and Jack Bestwick
- DuPont Corian®
- Universita Autonoma Barcelona – Xavier Espadaler
- La familias Colet-Castaño y Prieto-Botella
- My family (in particular Tessa Young)
- Abi Palmer