SUPERORGANISM – #1 Bengaluru

Mixed media installation | tables containing drawings, slideshow, spoken text (3:40 min, loop), animeted pencildrawing (1:23 min, mute) projected on a round screen and an object made of cocos rope | about 5 x 5 m | 2015

Installation view, NCBS, Bengaluru, 2015
Installation view, NCBS, Bengaluru, 2015


Inspired by a Residence at NCBS (National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India) and the talks with various scientists as well as experiencing the mega city of Bengaluru led to the idea of developing a work on the city as a superorganism.
In 1851 Herbert Spencer discribed society as a social-organism with organs, growth and disappearance. Later biologist William Morton Wheeler (1910) created the term “superorganism” in relation to his work with ants. Since then the idea has been refined in various directions.

Installation view, NCBS, Bengaluru, 2015
Installation view, NCBS, Bengaluru, 2015
Installation view, NCBS, Bengaluru, 2015
Installation view, NCBS, Bengaluru, 2015

 

A video installation is showing how a single cell that starts to grow and, with increasing speed, becomes a humongous organism that is in motion all the time. Therefor 6 historic maps of the city of Bengaluru have been animated with pencil drawings. Aside a text that a spoken text is describing the functions of the superorganism.

 

 

Aside there are drawings and collages that are made on the pages of scientific books on the topics of biology and geology and that link to the matter the superorganism is made of in a poetic way.


Developed during a bangaloREsidence of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, at NCBS (National Centre of Biological Sciences) Bangalore, India.

Thanks to Christoph Bertrams, Maureen Gonsalves, Antonia de Baey of Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan as well as Deepa Agashe, Upinder Bhalla, Axel Brockmann, Sandeep Krishna, Naresh V Narasimhan, Shannon B Olsson, Sunitha M R, Uma Ramakrishnan, Lena Robra, Mukund Thattai, Robin Vijayan.