What the…very creative use of insects and….stuff.  The prose describing the work is a bit florid, but the idea is really interesting:

“Once the stuff of science fiction, today flying and crawling insects are used by the military, fitted with audio and video devices. This exhibition experiments using real taxidermy beetles as mechanised shells, to show how we mistreat our fellow inhabitants, forcing them to do our will.”

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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  1. I think these creations are technically amazing and oddly beautiful. But like a lot of good art, it is probably best not to read the explanatory plaque.

    Using insects as observation platforms isn’t done mostly because it is very hard to make power supplies small enough. Further, bugs have this tendency to go where they want to and not where their Human Masters wish them to go.

    Now, since all sorts of stuff sticks to bees, there have been some efforts to exploit bees as natural mobile chemical sensors. Further, some have tried to use bees to detect land mines. However, none of these have never really made it to the big time.

    Where insects have, and are, useful is in providing insights into clever ways to create crawly robots and unusually tiny sensors. The way insects detect sounds is especially intriguing to some.

    So the emphasis isn’t on harnessing these amazing critters to do our bidding. Rather, a lot of folks are working very hard at learning their secrets so we can mimic them.

  2. Fascinating! But boy, can those lead to some weird dreams at night…

  3. Rubbish….

  4. The desire to collect and order drives entomology, and in this case goes that little bit further into creating art using insects.

    An attempt to create profundity through gimmickry, doesn’t often achieve the desired result.

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