by Alana Hunt and Sofia Chapman
Supported by Merri Health and City of Moreland
We acknowledge the Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we and the ants work.
Ants have been frANTically plotting, scheming and applying for grANTs, and are thrilled to announce that Antfarm - an Anthropomorphosis will be back in Autumn 2022, more brilliANT, more avANT-garde and more waterproof than ever, thanks to a Flourish grANT from Moreland City Council, and our sponsors Coffex! Once again the installation and concerts will occur at the fabulous Fawkner Food Bowls. ANTicipate more news in the not too distANT future...
Ants are one of the species on earth that form large societies/ groups. There is much about them that is similar to the human. Ants have created a large walkthrough installation artwork, a bizarre ant world of art, shadow puppets and optical illusions and an interesting and fun way to find out many things about Ants and show what it is like to be an ant. As in Aesop’s folktale ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’, the grasshoppers too play their unique music while the ants toil.
Ants invited the humans to walk through the Antfarm artwork. Our Premiere was a success, on Saturday 24 April 2021 premiere at Fawkner Food Bowls, 2 Creedon St. Entertainment was provided by Vardos as the Grasshoppers. Ants are also interested in what humans think of them, and invited the humans of Fawkner to make and contribute some small artworks about Ants which were exhibited in the public gallery.
ANTFARM is partly inspired by the writings of John Lubbock, Baron Avebury, scientist and insect enthusiast, who published many monographs including Ants, Bees and Wasps: a record of observations on the habits of the social hymenoptera, 1884.
The Queen's Chamber
Photos Sofia Chapman, Emma Chapman, David de Roach, Brig Bee
Alana's other artworks and installations include THOMA (Tiny House of Modern Art) 2019, The Garden Gifts - Street Pantry and Fawkner Community Pantry.
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