Elvin has used four superorganisms - Atta sexdens (part 1), Oecophylla smaragdina (part 2), Camponotus vagus (part 3) and Camponotus herculeanus (part 4)- in a four part project: 1. Reconstruction of Non-human Culture; 2. Kingdom of the Shared Quotidian; 3.Subterranean Struggle; 4. After Humans. The Biocorporation. The point of the project? To dissolve the egoistical assumption that we are each an “I.” Instead, Elvin hopes to emphasise our interconnectedness, that “the superorganisms and me mean nothing on our own; we don’t exist without one another as a work of art.”
Like many insects, ants make sounds by rubbing two or more parts of their body together. Sensitive contact microphones give the project a surreal aspect, amplifying these sounds. The project allows visitors to experience the emotional spectrum of the ants: you’ll be able to hear their sounds of joy (for example, when they’re fed rose petals) as well as their noises of anxiety.