Homo Insectus

an interactive installation

Developped for the Ullens Foundation
Gennerali Collection 2024

© 2020, Laurent MIGNONNEAU & Christa SOMMERER

Homo Insectus

Insects are an essential element of the biosphere. However, due to pollution and the widespread use of chemicals, many insect species have died out in recent years. Every insect species plays an important function in the ecosystem: they are pollinators, composting machines, or food sources for other animals.

As industrialization and human intervention have put their world in danger, we all need to become more aware of our impact on the insect kingdom. Homo Insectus is an interactive installation that emphasizes human contribution to the insect world and promotes a positive attitude towards these creatures.

Participants in the installation can see their own bodies transformed into a habitat for artificial ants. They propagate and organize themselves into collonies and formations as long as the participant accepts a sensitive dialogue with the artificial creature´s world.

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Homo Insectus Exhibitions

2024 Creativity Unleashed: Humanization of AI & Robotics
April 12, 2024 – April 24, 2024
Curated by Maša Jazbec
Featuring Portrait on the Fly and Homo Insectus
Tehno Park Celje
- Celje, Slowenia

2023 Ecstatic Media. Media Art Reconsidered (until 25th February 2024)
At the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria
We show our interactive work "Homo Insectus" as part of the Generali Foundation collection
Curator: Jürgen Tabor
Artists: VALIE EXPORT, Dan Graham, Peter Weibel, Simone Forti, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Morgan Fisher, Helmut Mark, Heimo Zobernig, Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller, Uli Aigner, Carola Dertnig, Danica Daki, Harun Farocki, Willem Oorebeek, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Ulrich Formann, Richard Kriesche
- Salzburg, Austria

2021 Art Macao Biennale (June 2021 to October 2021)
featuring "Homo Insectus" by Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer
- Macao, China

2020 Bildraum 07 Vienna
opening 26. August 2020
Solo Show featuring "Homo Insectus", "Egometer" and digital prints and video works
Curator: Michaela Wimplinger and Esther Mlenek
- Vienna, Austria

2020 UCCA Center for Contemporary Art
Featuring "Homo Insectus"
- Beijing, China