ART! - Collaborations of Kin and Kind


We have to admit that at times we here at mnp can be somewhat constrained by tradition and our ideas of the world as it is. For instance, a tradition around here is ART DAY! and, on Fridays, you can pretty much expect it, regardless of what it is you really want to see. It is in that same sentiment that we apologize for having not yet brought you a piece of collaborative art. However fear not, for that ends today. Next week we will focus on collaborative art projects between people and other people. Today’s feature, one might say, is a sort of collaboration, but one between people and nature, man and insect.

What with all the creepy crawly activity around the mnp network this week: namely vermicomposting with red worms over at green.mnp, it seems only appropriate to bring you these awesome little jewels, by Hubert Duprat and some little insects.


The images above illustrate the results of an unusual artistic collaboration between the French artist Hubert Duprat and a group of caddis fly larvae. A small winged insect belonging to the order Trichoptera and closely related to the butterfly, caddis flies live near streams and ponds and produce aquatic larvae that protect their developing bodies by manufacturing sheaths, or cases, spun from silk and incorporating substancesa€"grains of sand, particles of mineral or plant material, bits of fish bone or crustacean shella€"readily available in their benthic ecosystem. The larvae are remarkably adaptable: if other suitable materials are introduced into their environment, they will often incorporate those as well. via

We first found out about this project at a cool blog, so we’ll give them the link love they expect and deserve. Below you can watch a video of these art-loving insects in action.

Collaboration between human being and nature is obviously the norm, and it’s funny that we think of ourselves as being somehow ‘outside’ of nature in relation to anything we do - even art. But working within the bounds of nature is no strange concept to our ninjas over at architecture.mnp

Keep scrolling down for more ART DAY! goodness you crave.


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Posted: September 28th, 2007
at 7:59am by black octagons

Categories: life,art,contemporary,fo' real?,science,art fridays

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