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Alison Reiko Loader will present En Masse, an interdisciplinary and interspecies media art project that Reiko Loader, an animator, made in collaboration with entomologist Christopher Plenzich, and hundreds of forest tent caterpillars. Though initially inspired by Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight and other animations that feature dead insects, the collaborators explored the potential of living caterpillars as innately creative and social bodies. For En Masse, insects and humans made charcoal drawings and performed geometric dances captured on videos that they projected onto five-foot screens made of one hundred cocoons. This lecture includes a screen-making demonstration.
This Exhibition Program is held in conjunction with Unsolicited Exhibition Animal Intent, organized by Emily Falvey and on view through March 18. Tracking how animal culture inspires a range of artistic practices focused on interspecies communication, this exhibition questions whether creative labor is strictly a human trait.Buy tickets/get more info now