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.

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