Virtual workshop with artist Kuai Shen

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A virtual workshop with media artist Kuai Shen, hosted by the Indeterminacy Project, University of Dundee

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The nomadism of army ants (eciton burchellii) enunciates all of the above. Ants’ social movements materialise more-than-human aesthetic relations across species boundaries. Using a transversal practice based on piezoelectric transduction and audiovisual amplification with computer vision, I will show ants as performers of living artworks. The workshop focuses on the artistic exploration of the living nest known as bivouac which army ants weave using their bodies as materials. The bivouac is a choreographic entanglement of ants, parasites, symbionts, chemicals and non-human acoustic resonance. The data and the materials we will be working with are part of my ongoing tactical ant media research at the Sarayaku community, in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This workshop introduces participants into tactics for artistic fieldwork in the Amazon with respect to local indigenous cosmology, natural history of army ants, computer vision for artistic experimentation, and acoustic transduction using piezoelectricity.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Kuai Shen, media artist and ant lover from Ecuador, generates techno-ecological installations in cooperation with ants. These performative mediations explore the concept of invertebrate aesthesis and problematise the entanglement between nonhuman subjectivity and scientific objectivity. His research has been published in journals such as Society & Animals and Acoustic Space, and in the book Biologically-Inspired Computing for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at international venues and has received several awards: the Bridge Stipend from Michigan State University, the Cynetart Award of the Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture, the Edith-Russ-Haus Media Art Prize, and the honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica.

This workshop will be followed by Indeterminacy, Ontogenesis & Play with Sha Xin Wei & Emiddio Vasquez, and artist talks by Kuai Shen and Sha Xin Wei & Emiddio Vasquez.

https://indeterminacy.ac.uk/

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