This video was filmed in Barcelona in August 2011. It shows the first public testing of the Ant Ballet Machine. Using synthesised pheromones (Z9:16Ald Hexadecanol) and highly invasive Linepthinema humile Argentine ants, a robotic arm lays pheromone powder trails that cause the ants to behave in a different way to their usual foraging. Performances in late 2012 will feature mass colony movement testing, and the first intercontinental ant ballet.
The machine is part of a larger study of paranoia, control systems, insects and architecture.
See the machine:
- Pestival @ ZSL London Zoo, until June 2012
- FutureEverything festival Manchester, 16-19 May 2012 futureeverything.org/art/ollie-palmer-ant-ballet/
- Pestival, Sao Paolo, late 2012 (with real live ants!)
Music: Remix of "Untitled 13" by Lucky Dragons [luckydragons.org]