PIPORNOT’s Superorganism

The exhibition was presented at La MaMa Galleria and supported by Franklin Furnace Fund, featuring my installation work, photos, paintings, video, and an interactive performance by aricoco, Julia Benedict and Kanako Hiyama, with the help of public participants. The installation, emulating a human campsite - the closest meeting point of ant and human colonies, explored the existence of insect society as a superorganism -- a highly specialized altruistic community, where an individual is dependent on the greater system for survival. Guided by instructions, the audience was invited to navigate the installation=campsite. aricoco, disguised as an insect queen performed her ritual of surrendering her powerless body to the habitat. Through the performance, the careful relationship between the powerless insect queen (a symbol of decentralized power) and her sterile workers (a key to the altruistic society) was examined.