Visiting artists and instructors at the The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, Jason Krugman and John Ensor Parker re-animated the Bombyx-Mori silkworm into an interactive light and sound installation.
During industrial silk production the worm's protective cocoon is turned into a hardened capsule awaiting to be unwound into a strong and beautiful fiber. Krugman and Parker have interupted the process, incorporating the cocoon, with the fossilized silkworm still inside, into an artistic medium loaded with symbolism and science.
As visitors enter the space, they are confronted with a series of 20 electromechanical light-emitting silk worm modules. Meter-long spring steel wires protrude from wall-mounted actuators, each tipped with a cocoon illuminated by a single white light-emmitting-diode (LED). When a visitor moves into the space, the installation responds with a flurry of patterned chaos. The modules click sharply, bouncing their cocoons up and down as if reacting to a hostile intruder's presence. A droning sound-score adds a further intensity to the installation, which is located in a 50-ft long, glass-walled elevated walkway at 65 West 11th Street on the Thirds Floor.
Artifix Mori will be on view from October 27th, 2011 - January 31st, 2012. The Skybridge Art & Sound Space is open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm and on weekends by appointment.
The show was reviewed by Sarah Walko of Hyperallergic. Review linked here.