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Altered Tour: Communicating with Ants

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019    7pm

Exhibition artist Kuai Shen explores the inner workings of ant colonies as metaphors for human society, with a particular focus on how ants are able to mimic responses to certain human technologies. In this Altered Tour, Adrian Smith from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will provide insight into his specialized field of social insect chemical communication to shed light on the inner workings of an ant colony.

Following Smith’s talk, musician and composer Charlie Cooper will experiment with Shen’s notion of interspecies communication in a live musical performance with the ants.

The Altered Tour series invites scholars and experts across a multitude of disciplines to lead tours of our exhibitions from a non art centered point of view. Special thanks to the MSU Department of Entomology for their support.

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<i>MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences</i>, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2018. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography

MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences, installation view at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, 2018. Photo: Eat Pomegranate Photography