Category: Press

Baltan Labs podcast

Over the past few months, I’ve been participating in Baltan LabsRaise Your Voice programme, a “learning trajectory developed by Baltan for designers and artists who focus their practice around social, economic, political and environmental issues, so that they can grow their own voice and position themselves in these topics.”

I really enjoyed the trajectory – getting to know a group of interesting designers and artists, participating in workshops outside my usual mode of practice, having conversations and exchanges that pushed what I know, and how I position myself.

Baltan made a podcast series featuring the particpants – Camilla Carmack, Lieke Mangindaan, Asja Keeman, Rosalie Bak, Sarah Kaushik, Talisa Harjono, and Agat Sharma. Each person was asked to make a 5-minute sound piece, which they listen to with a partner (or two) and then discuss.

I had a lovely conversation with Baltan Lab’s co-director Lorenzo Gerbi and Marleen van Bergeijk, in which we touch upon quite a few subjects – the idea of control, the position of an artist in the current economic model, the masks you have to wear, and a lot more – all of which can be found here:

I also really enjoyed the conversation between Talisa and Agat. Not just because they’re now friends of mine, but also because they invoke two things I love – Georges Perec, and David Attenborough.

I’m looking forward to listening to the whole series over the coming weeks!

The entire series can be found on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Bioart book

Ant Ballet has been featured in William Myers‘ book BioArt: Altered Realities, recently published by Thames and Hudson. The book is a compendium of projects from sixty artists, collectives, and organizations from around the world working within the emerging and ever-changing field of ‘bioart’, and features people such as Philip Beesley, Vincent Fournier, Neri Oxman and Carole Collet.

Spread on the Ant Ballet project. There’s also an email interview with me in the back.

The book has been reviewed in Science and We Make Money Not Art, among others. I’ve seen it on sale in the Palais de Tokyo and the Centre Pompidou bookshops in Paris, which leads me to suspect that it’s available somewhere near you, too. Or failing that, Amazon.

New Scientist Christmas Special

Ant Ballet is featured, albeit very briefly, in this weeks’ issue of New Scientist (22 Dec 2012).

Here is the article:

New Scientist, 22 Dec 2012, page 54

It is a side note in an article about Tim Cockerill‘s brand new Flea Circus – which uses real fleas to revive this old tradition. Here’s a video with slightly more information about Tim’s flea circus:

For more information about the Flea Circus, see Tim’s website. For more from New Scientist, visit their website.

Phase IV. Destruction (Undetermined)

Katya Ganyushina interviewed me last month for an article in Christies Education’s magazine C#12. It was a really fun interview – and as a bonus, there’s a Russian translation too!

Read the article online here (pages 24-29), or download a pdf here.