Expression of the Superorganism
September 14-October 1
Lamar Dodd School of Art Bridge Gallery
Gallery Talk with Haolin and Jiayi
Friday, September 29 at noon
Expression of the Superorganism is an exhibition of visual art created by Red Imported Fire Ants in collaboration with artist Jiayi Guo and biologist Haolin Zeng. In the seemingly boundless expression of the superorganism, art created by ants features a post-humanist element, where the aesthetic dimension of being for humans and ants is one of cooperation rather than conflict.
Expression of the Superorganism is supported in part by the UGA Arts Collaborative, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts.
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Solenopsis invicta, or Red Imported Fire Ant is considered to be an invasive pest, commonly found in the southeastern United States.
Jiayi “Eva” Guo is a doctoral student in Art Education. She holds a BFA in Ceramic Art and an MFA in Art History from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China. She is an art educator and artist focusing on de-colonialism, public education, and animal studies.
Haolin “Horace” Zeng is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Entomology. He studies the collective behavior and evolution of social structure in Red Imported Fire Ants. Horace earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, where he served as the president of a vintage and manual photography club.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 14 from 6-8 PM