How can we get to know other species? Can they get to know us? Do technological interfaces help or hinder? This insect-sized museum is created for house crickets and humans to interact. Cricket museum-goers can interact with hands-on/legs-on exhibits, enjoy food and drink from the café and experience live humans, both through a picture window and through a videophone chat that connects the Museum for Insects to the human museum-goers. Internet viewers can visit via live webcam, and can activate a cricket puppet and electronic chirping instruments located within the mini museum.
We hope this experience provides a platform for communication, appreciation and aesthetic pleasure across species.
From May 30, 2017 - July 15, 2017, our host was the Urban Arts Space Gallery in Columbus Ohio as part of the Engineering Utopia, exhibition curated by Kris Paulsen. The exhibition on display inside the Museum for Insects is Engineering Mini Utopia. It features cricket-sized artworks by Ken Goldberg, TradeMark Gunderson, Isla Hansen, Tucker Marder, Ken Rinaldo, Lillian Schwartz, Stan VanDerBeek, and Jim Wilson.
More info here: hypernatural.com/portfolio/museum-for-insects/