by Alana Hunt and Sofia Chapman
Supported by Merri Health
We acknowledge the Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we and the ants work.
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.
Grasshoppers in public presentation and performance: Vardos
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