War is from "The Leafcutters" series - a project that includes video, photography, drawing and sculpture.
This video is still in production.
It is being filmed on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
Sound design: Charles Lindsay
For the past three years I have returned to the same location on the Osa Peninsula and have kept detailed notes on the behavior and fates of five local colonies. Even though they are the same species, they behave surprisingly different from one another. One colony is consistently aggressive. It has waged wars with all of its neighbors and has succeeded in dislodging or killing two of them. Last year they they were attacking the colony I was using to film "The Chosen." This year the stars of that video were gone. I filmed most of the "War" video this trip using this combative colony as it battled with a new neighbor. When I left, the war had no winner. It will be interesting to return next year and see what has transpired.
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