Wednesday, December 18, 2013


A performance based on Jacob von Uexkull's experiment on Grasshoppers.
Experimental Writing Workshop, KTH, Stockholm, June 2012.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Mistress O & the Bees - a whirlwind of insects is a fairytale about a girl who swallows some bees, told in the form of a story with songs and gestures, projected drawings and mobile making. The show was written, designed and performed by Undine Sellbach and Stephen Loo for Sexuate Subjects: Politics, Poetics, Ethics, 3-5 Dec 2010, University College London. Rethinking Behaviour and Conservation: The History, Philosophy and Future of Ethology II, 26-28 Nov 2011, Centre for Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.

Mistress O & the Bees has also been presented for children and their parents as part of Kelly’s Garden’s Curated Projects, Hobart, April 2012, and performed in the Sydney Biennale in late August 2012 as part of Stitching Time, an instillation by philosopher/artists Erin Manning and Brian Massumi.


Undine Francesca, at The Country Women’s Association Beauty Pageant, Hobart Town Hall, Nov 2011, curated by Performance Artist Elizabeth Woods.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Insects and their Vicissitudes is an experiment in philosophy and performance that re-figures Sigmund Freud's famous essay, "Instincts and their Vicissitudes" through the lens of the entomological imagination. The project investigates the relation between insects and instinct, both in the sense that insects seem to us to be all instinct, and in the sense that insects have become expressive of the unconscious biological processes of human life.

Currently the project has three parts - a collaboration with philosopher and architect Stephen Loo called "A Picture Book of Invisible Worlds" which explores the perceptual worlds of insects and other invertebrates told through the work of 1930's biologist Jakob von Uexkull - a play about the insects in the stomach of a lady in distress - and a philosophical history of performing insects, drawing on Mark Copeland and Sarah Munroe's famous creation The Insect Circus of Great Britain.

For more information about The Insect Circus go to: