in the ongoing now
an ecology of mind
the hole is way deeper
in our time
collage as divination
bugs and machines
her blood is gold
BUGS AND MACHINES: A CLOSER LOOK AT EVERYDAY ALIENS
School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe, ACUD MACHT NEU, BERLIN
New technologies are loaded with metaphorical references to insects, many of which are normalized in language such as the concept of a ‘World Wide Web’. Allusions to bees, ants, dragonflies (anything that can fit the non-scientific category of “bug”) reveal our ideals of efficiency as human beings evolving with machines, while hinting at the concept of technology as its own alive and buzzing entity.
These ideas were at the core of the Bugs and Machines workshop at School of MA. The event involved group dialogue, a presentation by veterinary parasitologist, Susana Fereira, a drawing activity about bodily fears, and a playful encounter with live madagascar hissing cockroaches.