0h!m1gas: biomimetic stridulation environment
West Building, Ballroom B
0h!m1gas is a biomimetic stridulation environment based on the activity of an ant colony, under video and audio surveillance. The system archives the ants' movements and sounds inside a digital matrix. A pair of turntables constantly reacts to the colony's activities by spinning vinyl records and producing scratching sounds, similar to the original stridulations of the ants. Ants stridulate, human DJs scratch. This creates a sound-reactive space that reveals the connection between scratching, as an aesthetical expression created by human culture, and the stridulation phenomenon produced by ants as a modulation mechanism for communication.
Kuai Shen Auson
Academy of Media Arts Cologne