An Elegy for Insects
Produced in collaboration with Brooklyn-based cultural programming platform Talk | Show, An Elegy for Insects was a party centered on mass insect population decline. In our era of ecological grief, we are encountering losses of a kind and scale not before experienced. In places that are dominated by settler colonialist white supremacist capitalist power structures, we find ourselves with a lack of spaces and social practices dedicated to facing and understanding these losses as a community.
In response, An Elegy for Insects was a space and experience that brought people together to collectively acknowledge, move and feel through the fact of the decline and extinction of many of the world’s insects. Talk | Show’s loft space was transformed into an immersive insectine paradise with a dance floor guided by The Large and illuminated by projections produced for the night and a custom neon chrysalis by Anahita (Ani) Bradberry. A massive altar to our insect friends bookended the dance floor. A reading room provided a quieter space for conversation and learning, as informed by the party’s bibliography. Midway through the night, we led guests through a multi-sensory sound bath and tactile experience. The sound bath married sonic textures of insect sounds with the drone of a singing bowl, cresendoed with the rustle of prairie grasses and rain. Together, the composition created an auditory meditation that brought the party’s focus to the fore for a moment of collective reflection.
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